Bahrain teen killed by his own bomb


17-year-old planned to carry out bomb attack and faced criminal charges, say police
  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

Manama: A teenager was killed in Bahrain when a bomb he was carrying exploded, the police said.
“The operation room received a call reporting an explosion in a deserted area in Bani Jamra,” the police said late on Tuesday, quoting the General Director of Northern Governorate Police and referring to a village west of the capital Manama. “The caller said that there was a dead body at the scene. Security forces were immediately deployed to the area and the crime scene was examined.”
The police said that they found a bomb, a gun and ammunition near the dead body.
“The deceased is 17 years old and he is wanted on criminal charges. The initial investigation revealed that the bomb had exploded while he was carrying it to plant in another location.”
The senior officer added that the public prosecution had been notified and gathering of evidence was still going on.
“Anyone with any information should call the police hotline and all calls will be treated as anonymous,” the police said.
In the most recent attacks, five security officers were injured in an explosion in August in the village of Dair, north of Manama. In July, one policeman was killed when a homemade bomb exploded in the town of Sitra, near Manama.
Earlier in the day, a Bahraini court sentenced six people to 10 years in jail each after it found them guilty of a fire bomb attack on a police patrol in the village of Jadhafs, near Manama, injuring two officers and setting their vehicle on fire.
State news agency BNA said the court had exercised leniency in passing the sentences, taking into consideration that five of the suspects were under 18 years of age when the attack took place. It gave no date for the attack.
With inputs from Reuters