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

Bahrain blames Iran for pipeline fire 'terror attack'

Fire hits Bahrain oil pipeline, no injuries reported

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.

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.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Sunday refuted allegations of Tehran's involvement in a recent explosion on the only Bahrain's pipeline that supplies oil from Saudi Arabia.

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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".

Bahrain's interior minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, said Saturday's (local time) blast was "the latest example of a terrorist act performed by terrorists in direct contact with and under instruction from Iran".

Bahrain, a Shi'ite-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.

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Fire crews later successfully extinguished the blaze on the pipeline, which belongs to the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Co.

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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