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Bahrain calls oil pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'

Bahraini emergency workers block the road leading to the site of a fire at an oil pipeline near to the village of Buri south of Manama Bahrain calls oil pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'
Melinda Barton | 12 November, 2017, 03:38

Bahrain's Interior Ministry said in a statement on November 11 that the incident was a "dangerous act of terrorism".

The interior minister of Bahrain on Saturday said the recent oil pipeline fire was "a terrorist act", according to a statement issued by the country's Interior Ministry, APA reports quoting AA.

Coordination between the Civil Defence and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) stopped the flow of oil from the affected pipeline immediately following notification of the incident, it added.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa "stressed that this is the latest example of a terrorist act performed by terrorists in direct contact with, and under instruction from, Iran", the statement continued, adding an investigation is underway "to identify the perpetrators and to bring them to justice".

Bahrain said the pipeline that exploded overnight was attacked by militants and alleged that Iran was in communication and guiding those responsible for the explosion and other attacks.

Bahrain, a Shiite-majority kingdom ruled by a Sunni dynasty, has seen sporadic violence since the repression in 2011 of a protest movement demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister. A further investigation is now underway to identify the perpetrators and to bring them to justice. "The attack on the pipeline. was followed by the suspension of the pumping of oil to the State of Bahrain", the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources said.

In co-operation with the Ministry of Interior, a full investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched, it added. It shares the field with Saudi Arabia.

Oil to Bahrain is transported via the 55-km A-B Pipeline that has a capacity of 230,000 barrels per day. Arabian Light crude oil will flow from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq plant via the 115-km new pipeline, 73 km of which will run overland and the rest under the Gulf.