Bahrain calls oil pipeline fire 'a terrorist act'


The "attempt to bomb the Saudi-Bahraini oil pipeline is a risky Iranian escalation that aims to scare citizens and hurt the global oil industry", Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Khalifa said on Twitter.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Bin Abdullah al-Khalifa described the incident as "an act of sabotage and a risky act of terrorism aimed at harming supreme interests of the homeland and safety of the people".

The Foreign Ministry said the statement of the Bahraini government confirmed that "the terrorist incidents Bahrain is witnessing recently are being carried out via contacts and directives directly from Iran".

Emergency services brought the blaze under control after it was discovered early on Saturday, it said, adding that national oil company Bapco had turned off the flow of oil.

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Meanwhile, an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated the Kingdom's strong condemnation of the blast that led to a fire in the oil pipeline near Buri area in Bahrain.

Authorities have since tightened their grip on dissent, jailing hundreds of protesters and stripping a string of high-profile activists and clerics of citizenship.

Iran has denied supplying Houthi fighters in Yemen with missiles, and accused Saudi Arabia of trying to escalate tensions.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and a British army base is now under construction.