Riffa mosque blast suspicious: Al-Wefaq

File photo shows the wreckage of the car used in a mosque bombing in the Bahraini city of Riffa on July 17, 2013.

Bahrainâ„¢s main opposition bloc says the governmentâ„¢s account of a recent mosque bombing in Riffa is a fabricated story and that there were political intentions behind the “suspicious” incident.

Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society noted that the incident was followed by several attacks on Sunni mosques to make it seem as part of sectarian tensions and push the people into violence.

The group called on all Bahraini parties to be cautious while not remaining silent on such incidents.

On Wednesday, a car laden with explosives detonated outside a mosque in the countryâ„¢s second largest city.

The Bahraini government blamed the attack on the opposition. But the opposition rejected the accusation and described the incident as an attempt made by the Al Khalifa regime to tarnish the image of the opposition ahead of the planned rallies in mid-August.

The protests are scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf island nation in 1971.

The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations.

The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states.

Scores of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

Bahrainis say they will continue holding demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.


Republished with permission from: Press TV