7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018

Lessons from failed terrorist acts strengthen security

Upon close examination of protests in Bahrain, one is unlikely to miss the emergence of 'radical militants' aiming to cause maximum damage to the country's infrastructure and other important posts deemed as strategic targets by the 'militants'. This is terrorism in the making.

We have heard about the existence of the February 14 Coalition movement umpteen times, experienced and witnessed its destructive missions for more than a couple of years now. Now there comes a new group, Jaish Al Imam (Al Imam Army), which targets security and military installations. This group seems more militarised and deadly than the February 14 group, with its members allegedly trained by foreign 'military experts'.

According to some sources, there are many points on which these 'two groups' converge and diverge. When it comes to their final aims it very much depends on the interests of their financiers, the sources of funds and their modus operandi.

The common denominator for both of these groups is that they are foot soldiers or stooges of those who continuously work to throw this country into chaos, breaking the social cohesion which has been preserved for generations. We should not be surprised therefore, if other groups with funny names emerge in the future.

Last week's attempt by the group to take control of the Dry Dock Detention Centre in Hidd in order to facilitate the escape of several inmates (GDN, June 26) and the subsequent arrest and detention of the members of the group, speaks volumes regarding the operations of the Al Imam Army. Isn't this the very group responsible for attempting to free court-bound suspects from a security vehicle in broad daylight along the main highway, only a few weeks ago?

One remarkable thing about the 'new' group is the frequent use of AK-47 automatic weapons in its operations, indicating that the alleged members are trained to use them. The origin of this weapon is not easy to locate. I have served a few years as a war correspondent and learned the different types and makes of AK-47s. The ones displayed by the police are old versions of Russian make and very cheap in the illegal arms market.

They are smuggled over from Somalia and Yemen, where it has become a household item. Sometimes two or three AK-47s in a family is not uncommon. From Yemen they are smuggled over to Saudi Arabia and find their way to Bahrain. A very simple operation!

Remember those smugglers are experts and can smuggle out not only goods but also human beings. They are not only human traffickers, but more than that, they have a political mission. Who smuggled out opposition figure Ali Abdulemam from Bahrain in May? The very people who smuggle AK-47s into Bahrain!

Failed attempts are a bonus for the security forces. They show them where the security lapses are located and force them to tighten security against any future attempts.

Neither the security situation at the Hidd Detention Centre nor the transporting of suspects to courts will now be without accompanying extra security arrangements. This is the lesson the security forces have learned from the failed attempts. Thus failed attempts are wake-up calls to the government and remind the security forces to take strict security measures to foil any future attempts by the 'radical militants'. Duri

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