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Bahrain Suspects May Have Eyed U.S. Base

Bahraini authorities are investigating whether the U.S. 5th Fleet base in this Gulf kingdom was the target of suspected terrorists arrested in recent days, government officials said Sunday. Officials said Saturday that five Bahraini men, including at least one member of Bahrain’s military forces, were arrested in the past one or two days for plotting terrorist attacks on the tiny island. Police also seized guns and ammunition the group intended to use “for carrying out acts of terrorism targeting the security of the country and the people,” the official Bahrain News Agency reported. Bahrain’s pro-U.S. king, Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, was quoted by the agency Sunday as saying he was alarmed “there are Bahrainis who have motives to cause harm to the safety of citizens and residents and to damage the economy of the country and its national security.” The king called the incident an “isolated case” but did not elaborate. Officials did not reveal a specific attack plot and said investigations were under way. One line of investigation was whether the group was planning to attack U.S. interests in Bahrain, including the U.S. Navy base housing the 5th Fleet, the officials said Sunday. Full Story

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