Bahrain sees Iran's hand in oil pipe blast

A Bahraini national flag flies near busy traffic on a road during morning rush hour in Manama

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.

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.

The UAE on Saturday condemned the terrorist explosion and expressed its solidarity with the kingdom.

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No group has claimed the attack.

"Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran", the ministry said in a longer statement on its website.

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Bahrain has accused Iranian terrorists of blowing up a strategic oil pipeline and causing a massive inferno near a hospital and market.

Fire crews later successfully extinguished the blaze on the pipeline, which belongs to the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Co.

Meanwhile, an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated the Kingdom's strong condemnation of the blast that led to a fire in the oil pipeline near Buri area in Bahrain.

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

However, that campaign of bombings and shootings had not seen the island's oil infrastructure targeted, even immediately after Emirati and Saudi forces helped Bahrain put down its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

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