Bahrain claims Iran behind 'act of terror' explosion at oil pipeline

Bahrain claims Iran behind 'act of terror' explosion at oil pipeline

This "is a unsafe Iranian escalation aimed at terrorizing citizens and damaging the world's oil industry", the minister tweeted.

"It is an act of sabotage, a serious terrorist act aimed at harming the interests of the nation and endangering the population", the interior ministry said on Twitter.

Iran has denied allegations it was behind a militant attack on a pipeline outside Bahrain's capital.

No group has claimed the attack.

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.

Bahrain has been combating a low-level insurgency since the Sunni monarchy quashed a 2011 Arab Spring uprising led by majority Shiites.

"Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran", a statement quoted Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa as saying. The fire service also evacuated homes in the nearby village of Buri, 15km south of Manama, it added.

Iran had no immediate comment.

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

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

Bahrain produced some 64,000 barrels of crude oil a day in 2016, far lower than the other oil-producing nations of the Persian Gulf, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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