Explosion rips through oil pipeline in Bahrain causing massive blaze

A Bahraini national flag flies near busy traffic on a road during morning rush hour in Manama

In this photo released by Bahrain News Agency, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahrain Minister of Interior talks with a member of the emergency services, during his visit to the scene of an explosion, in Bahrain, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

A fire broke out at an oil pipeline near the village of Buri in Bahrain on Friday night and was swiftly contained by the emergency services, reported BNA, citing the Interior Ministry.

No group has claimed the attack.

Bahrain has been combating a low-level insurgency since the Sunni monarchy quashed a 2011 Arab Spring uprising led by majority Shiites. Authorities later extinguished the blaze on the pipeline belonging to the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Co.

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".


Bahrain relies on the Abu Safa field, which it shares with neighbouring Saudi Arabia, for much of its oil, pumped in via a 230 000-barrel-per-day pipeline.

The official source reiterated Saudi Arabia's condemnation of the acts of sabotage and terror being perpetrated by Iran in order to destabilize the region and its security and the safety of its citizens and expatriates.

Bahrain has accused Iranian terrorists of blowing up a strategic oil pipeline and causing a massive inferno near a hospital and market.

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

It also suspended pumping oil to Bahrain after the attack on the crude oil pipeline. It has faced increasing financial pressure in recent years.

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