Manama: Bahrain has promptly moved to take control of the situation after the murderous blast that killed three officers, including one Emirati, and triggered wide local, regional and international condemnations.
The Royal Court declared Tuesday a day of mourning and King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa “directed the security agencies to take all the necessary measures for the strict application of the law against all those who are implicated in the disgraceful terrorist bombing aimed to cause the loss of lives.”
“Three security personnel were martyred as they were performing their duty to defend rights and maintain security and order. May God rest their soul in eternal peace and grant them Paradise,” the court said in a statement.
The King directed all concerned state agencies to apply the law against all those who incited and carried out this despicable act of terrorism and to take all necessary measures to confront such acts of terrorism and at all levels, it added.
HM the King said there would be a zero tolerance for those who incited and carried out this terrorist act and that they would, with the help of God, face justice for their terrorism, the statement said.
“The Royal Court conveys the condolences of His Majesty the King to the families of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect innocent people praying the Almighty to grant fortitude to their families. HM the King expressed his wishes of prompt recovery for the wounded.”
Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa condemned “the heinous crime perpetrated by a terror group.”
The treacherous act, which is alien to Bahrainis, can be perpetrated only by evil-minded people who lost their humanity, patriotism and sense of belonging and sold their souls, he said.
In a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA), Prince Khalifa “extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the martyrs “ and “strongly condemned the cowardly criminal act, vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
He called on the people of Bahrain to show their sympathy and solidarity towards their brothers who sacrificed their lives for the security of the homeland.
"This is the least we can do as a mark of respect for the martyrs of duty who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our beloved homeland", he said.
"Bahrain stands united with families of the martyrs of duty and the wounded, for it is not only the country where we live. It is also the homeland which lives in us. This tragic incident will only make us more determined and resolved to defend the homeland and root out the scourge of terrorism lurking under the disguise of peacefulness.”
Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy King, extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and stressed the government's resolve to enforce the law on the perpetrators and instigators of the terrorist act, in compliance with royal orders. Attempts to jeopardise national security "will never deter us from strengthening security and stability,” he said.
The Ministry of Interior statement:
“The Interior Ministry offers its sincere condolences to the families of the three policemen killed in the line of duty, including the UAE Officer who worked in Bahrain as part of the Amwaj Al Khaleej forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Joint Security Agreement. All three died in a terror bombing attack that occurred while police were dispersing a group of rioters and vandals in Daih on Monday evening.
“The initial investigation indicates that terrorists planted the bomb near a lamp post on Budaiya Road. The device was remotely detonated while police were securing the roads and restoring order. Two other blasts also occurred in Daih that threatened the lives of citizens and policemen. Fortunately, no further injuries were reported. A fourth bomb was also discovered and defused.
“Additional security measures were taken, including the deployment of police and security checkpoints around the area. Some areas were further restricted to facilitate the work of investigators. The Public Prosecution was notified.
“The Interior Ministry will conduct a thorough investigation to find and arrest those responsible for the killings of the policemen.
The Interior Ministry also offers its condolences to the brave officers who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect the good citizens of Bahrain. The Interior Minister offers his personal condolences to the families of the deceased and prays for the souls of their loved ones to rest in peace.”