Bahrain’s opposition has condemned the recent bomb attack on a mosque in Riffa, the kingdom’s second largest city, dismissing allegations of involvement in the attack.
On Thursday, the opposition slammed the perpetrators of the blast, saying it rejects any efforts to terrorize people, particularly in places of worship. A car exploded in the mosque parking lot late on Wednesday when worshipers were inside for evening prayers. An investigation has been launched into the attack, which reportedly had no casualties. The Bahraini government had earlier accused the opposition of having orchestrated the blast. The opposition, however, said that the incident was part of a campaign by the Manama regime to tarnish the image of the opposition ahead of a planned anti-regime protest on August 14, the date marking the withdrawal of British forces from the Persian Gulf island back in 1971. Bahrain has been the scene of demonstrations since mid-February 2011. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power. Following the eruption of the protests, the Bahraini regime promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states to assist the suppression. Dozens of Bahraini people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses.