Bahrain blames Iran for pipeline fire 'terror attack'

Bahraini emergency workers block the road leading to the site of a fire at an oil pipeline near to the village of Buri south of Manama

Bahraini emergency workers block the road leading to the site of a fire at an oil pipeline near to the village of Buri south of 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.

Bahrain's Interior Ministry made the announcement on Saturday afternoon, alleging that Iran was in communication and guiding those responsible for the pipeline explosion and other attacks.

Bahrain shares the affected Abu Safa oil field with neighbour Saudi Arabia, with around 230,000 barrels pumped through the pipeline every day, according to UAE newspaper The National.

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No one was injured in the explosion late Friday night near the Shiite village of Buri and no militant group immediately claimed the blast.

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

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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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".

In co-operation with the Ministry of Interior, a full investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched, it added. Independent news gathering there has grown more hard, with the government refusing to accredit two AP reporters and others.

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