In a report in Bahrain’s state-run media, Bahraini authorities claimed they have arrested 116 suspected terrorists operating in a network established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Almost half of those arrested were trained in facilities in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, said the report.

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Bahrain’s authorities have reportedly arrested 116 suspected terrorists operating in the country. According to a statement in the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA), investigations have revealed that the suspects were members of a network formed and backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The Shiite network was reportedly planning to target officials in the small island kingdom, located just off the coast of Saudi Arabia. “By providing material, recruitment and training support to terrorists, the IRGC and its affiliates, including the Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of Righteous People) in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon, are directly responsible for the intensification of terrorist activity in Bahrain,” read the Bahraini statement.

According to the report, 48 of the 116 suspects had received training at IRGC facilities in Iran and their affiliated locations in Iraq and Lebanon.  “The individuals arrested are suspected of a range of terror crimes, including planning and executing terror attacks as well as manufacturing, storing and transporting explosive devices,” the statement said.