7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Action against rioting urged

A COUNCILLOR has called for closer co-operation between politicians and the Interior Ministry to try to stamp out rioting in Bahrain.

Central Municipal Council vice-chairman Abbas Mahfoodh says regular meetings should be held so they can draw up strategies to prevent such incidents from happening and investigate what causes them.

The politician, whose area covers Tubli, was speaking two days after the Interior Ministry revealed that three policemen were injured when three masked men hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks at their van in the village.

The patrol was ambushed as it dropped policemen in charge of guarding the Central Municipality.

Two days before that, Tubli residents confronted and chased away three masked men who allegedly planned to commit acts of sabotage using Molotov cocktail firebombs. Police are still hunting for the three men involved in both incidents and Mr Mahfoodh believes they could be linked.

He told the GDN that councillors sometimes only hear about such cases when they appear in the media, or when they are contacted by journalists.

"We should have been told by the police so we can follow up with them and see what is happening," said Mr Mahfoodh.

"The police want us to call them and tell them when an incident happens and we want them to tell us when there are any problems like this, because we can be present at the same time and can help diffuse them.

"There is no one (in the ministry) with this type of work. We should have meetings between us and the police to discuss the problem and why it is happening. We are ready to talk to them."

There are many construction sites in Tubli, but Mr Mahfoodh does not believe the recent incidents involving the youths are linked to a string of arson attacks on construction sites in other parts of Bahrain. He said the area does not have a major problem with disturbances and is confident

The GDN reported earlier that machinery worth BD600,000 was been destroyed within the space of a week as a result of the attacks.

The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) earlier said it would seek talks "at the highest level" to crackdown on the menace.

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