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Bahrain Says Banned Shi'ite Group Trained In Iraq


Bahrain's foreign minister has summoned the Iraqi ambassador to the country to hand him an official letter of protest over a banned Shi'ite group that the kingdom says received training in Iraq.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa summoned Ambassador Ahmad Rashid al-Dalimi on June 10 after Bahrain discovered the Saraya al-Ashtar group received training on the use of arms and explosives in Iraq, a ministry message posted on Twitter said.

The minister urged Iraq to put an end to "terrorist groups" that use Iraq to threaten the safety of Bahrain.

Bahrain said it had broken up the banned antigovernment Shi'ite group behind a series of attacks, and arrested 12 members of the group while two of its leaders were in Iran.

Bahrain said three arrested men had confessed to traveling to Iraq for training in weapons use, hostage-taking, and bomb-making with the Shi'ite Hizballah Brigades.

Based on reporting by Reuters, Gulfnews.com, and Bahrain News Agency
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