A Bahraini forensic police officer inspects the site of a bomb blast in the village of Sitra, south of Manama in 2017. (AFP)

April 20, 2018

A Bahrain court sentenced 24 Shiite citizens to prison and stripped them of their nationality after finding them guilty of forming a “terrorist group”, a Bahraini judicial source said Thursday.

Other charges included travelling to Iraq and Iran for “weapons and explosives training” and attempted murder of police officers.

The High Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced 10 of the defendants to life in prison, 10 to a decade behind bars and the other four to jail terms ranging from three to five years.

That trial is set for May 10.

The blast cut off the pipeline linking Bahrain’s Bapco refinery with oil giant Aramco’s main pumping station in neighboring Saudi Arabia’s Dhahran province.

Manama in February said it had arrested four men suspected of attacking the pipeline, accusing Iran of training and arming two of them, which Tehran denied.

AFP

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