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Suspects in arson attack on Bahrain official’s home arrested

Attack on lawmaker’s home in Bahrain condemned

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Manama: Three people suspected of attacking the home of a Bahraini lawmaker with petrol bombs have been arrested, the police said.

No one was hurt in the Monday dawn attack on the home of Abbas Eisa Al Madhi, the chairman of parliament’s Services Committee, in the coastal village of Dair in Muharraq, the country’s second largest island.

However, a car stationed near the house and the main gate and the garage door were damaged in the 4:15am assault, the latest on public figures and security personnel in the kingdom rocked by months of unrest.

“We are looking for the other suspects involved in the attack,” the head of the Muharraq police said.

Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa said the attack was “an assault on democracy.”

“It reveals the ugly face of those who make false claims for democracy while they use violence and terror to suppress all voices opposed to them,” Prince Khalifa said, quoted by Bahrain News Agency (BNA). “The government utterly condemns the attack and will apply the law against its perpetrators. Violence is rejected at the popular and official levels, particularly that targeting the members of the constitutional institutions amounts to targeting the state and this cannot tolerated,” he said.

Acts of sabotage cannot lead to reforms while terror and violence do not take to democracy, he said.

The lower chamber of the bicameral parliament and the Shura Council, the upper chamber, condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with Al Madhi.