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Bahrain declared US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski "unwelcome" for allegedly interfering in Bahraini affairs, after he met with senior members of the country's main opposition group, the Shiite organization Al-Wefaq. Various NGOs in Bahrain condemned the move. Malinowski had also met with leaders of other groups.
Two Bahrainis were accused of injuring two police officers with a remotely detonated bomb in Demistan in December. A police officer was killed by a bombing in Eker in July 5. Prime Minister Khalifa urged a resolute stand against terrorism.
A court sentenced five people to prison for planning attacks on the US Navy base, Safriya palace, and Gudaibiya palace; using hot air balloons to disrupt aviation; and trying to help wanted Bahrainis to escape into Iraq. The cell allegedly plotted with fugitive terrorist Abdulraouf Al Shayeb. Six members of the so-called Al Ashtar Brigades were jailed for detonating a car in 2013 near Budaiya Garden. A court also sentenced four people to life terms, and another to 10 years in prison, for trying to disrupt an F1 Grand Prix race in 2013.
The Interior Ministry has ordered Bahrainis who are "currently in conflict zones ... on the pretext of jihad" to "return to the country within two weeks" or face terrorism charges and the possible loss of citizenship. Security forces seized a number of ready-to-use Molotov cocktails at an apartment in Sanabis. The US Navy plans to step up operations in Bahrain and add new littoral combat ships. The "seat of the pants" style of US Ambassador Thomas Krajeski was criticized in a US State Department report.
The Interior Ministry said that a remotely detonated bomb planted by terrorists in Daih killed three policemen. Another bomb was defused, and two more detonated without causing injuries.
Authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle arms and weapons into the country by boat, including anti-personnel and armor-piercing explosives, "50 Iranian-made hand bombs," and 295 apparently Syrian-made commercial detonators. They also arrested 13 people trying to flee by boat, and dismantled a car bomb in Al-Houra. Five men were sentenced to 15 years in prison for bomb attacks. The Interior Minister said security would be beefed up after the recent discovery of four terrorist plots.
Two men were sentenced to life in prison for a car bomb attack near a Sunni mosque in July; two other defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison. The government said the defendants, who were also convicted of setting up a terrorist organization, had tried to inflame sectarian tensions.