DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Bahrain says an oil pipeline that exploded overnight was attacked by militants in the island nation.
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry made the announcement Saturday afternoon, alleging that Iran was in communication and guiding those responsible for the pipeline explosion and other attacks.
No group has claimed the attack. Prosecutors have begun an investigation.
Iran had no immediate comment.
Bahrain’s Sunni-ruled government often blames Iran for stirring dissent in its Shiite-majority population.
The blast and fire hit near the village of Buri late Friday, damaging cars and nearby buildings. Firefighters evacuated those nearby.
Bahrain faces occasional attacks from local Shiite militant groups as the kingdom continues a crackdown on all dissent, imprisoning or forcing politicians and activists into exile.
Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.—AP