11/06/2012

Chief of Public Security holds press conference on bombings



Manama, Nov 5 (BNA) The Chief of Public Security Major-General Tariq Al Hassan held a press conference this afternoon to update the public on the status of the investigation regarding the five domestic terror bombings that took place Monday morning in Adliya, Qudaibiya and Hoora in the Manama Governorate.
Two Asians were killed in separate explosions in Qudaibiya while a third person sustained serious injuries in an explosion in Adliya. The 999 Center received a call at 4:31am Monday morning from a Bahraini who reported that an Asian cleaner had been injured in an explosion while he was working near a Maatam (Community Center) in Adliya.
Authorities rushed to the scene and an ambulance transferred the injured man to Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) where he was admitted to the ICU.

Police found a second bomb 15 to 20 meters from the location of the first explosion. The authorities performed a controlled detonation of the device without incident. At 5:47am, the 999 Center received a call about a 27 year-old Asian man who had sustained serious injuries in a bomb explosion in block 321 in Qudaibiya. Police immediately responded to the scene but the man was dead on arrival. At around 7:50am, the 999 Center received a call from a resident who stated that an explosion had occurred on Road 2157 in Qudaibiya.

The police responded to the scene and found that a private car, owned by the individual who had alerted the 999 Center, had been damaged by the bomb explosion.
The 999 Center received a report of a fourth explosion at 8:55am. The caller reported that a man had been injured in an explosion behind a building in Qudaibiya. Authorities transported the injured man to SMC, but doctors were unable to save his life. At around 9:24am, the 999 Center received a call from a resident who reported hearing an explosion in the vicinity of Zubara Road in Hoora.

Police responded and found that three private cars had been damaged by a bomb explosion on Road 1844 on block 318. Crime scenes in all five bombing locations were established, forensic evidence was collected and witness statements were taken.

The investigation has identified several suspects and the public prosecution has been notified. The Interior Minister stated that no effort will be spared to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

He also reminded everyone to be careful if they see a strange or suspicious object, to stay clear and do not touch it, and to call 999 to report the location. Anyone with any information regarding the bombings should call the hotline at 80008008. All calls are treated as anonymous.

H.S.