Manama: Bahrain arrested two men in a counterterrorism operation and seized two Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition from their homes, the interior minister said.
The two suspects, connected with a terrorist cell, were planning terror acts in Bahrain and other Gulf countries, Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said on Thursday evening.
The arrests were carried out last Sunday with warrants from the public prosecutor.
"Police searched the two men's houses and seized two Kalashnikov rifles and their ammunition, a Beretta handgun and its ammunition, a sword, CDs, computers, knives, tapes, bank statements and exchange companies' documents," said Shaikh Rashid.
"The two suspected admitted the charges and to possessing the guns, the ammunitions and all the other items found in their homes. The case is still being investigated and we cannot give further details for now," the minister said.
He however warned people against the dangers of websites that "promote terrorism under the guise of jihad."
"Such websites seek to take advantage of young people to instill in them extremist ideas and to make them the preys of terrorist networks that will use them to carry out acts of sabotage and perpetrate crimes," Shaikh Rashid said.
The minister's warning was supported by religious leaders who cautioned against "senselessly waging jihad upon the orders of extremist organisations."
"Our young men need to understand that jihad is governed by very strict rules, just like fasting Ramadan or performing prayers. Killing innocent people is not jihad no matter how some people try to explain or excuse it," Fareed Abdul Hadi, the imam of Al Adliya Mosque, said in yesterday's sermon.
"To God, the blood of innocent people is far too precious to be spilled under any claim," said Abdul Hadi, a scholar at the University of Bahrain.
Security authorities last December arrested 14 people in connection with an alleged plot to target crowd-pulling areas in Manama as the country celebrated its national day. They were all pardoned as part of an amnesty granted by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa last month.