2012 Eker bombing

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Eker bombing
Part of the Bahraini Uprising
Location Bahrain Eker, Bahrain
Date April 10, 2012
Target Riot police
Attack type
Bombing
Weapons Homemade bomb
Non-fatal injuries
7
Perpetrator Protesters (government claim)

The Eker bombing (Arabic: تفجير العكر) occurred on the 10 April 2012 in the village of Eker, in the south of the Kingdom of Bahrain. According to Ministry of Interior the explosion injured seven policemen, three of whom were severely injured.[1] The Ministry blamed protesters for the attack saying policemen were "lured" to the village by petrol bomb throwing protesters before they detonated the bomb. Public security chief, General Tariq al-Hassan said the exploding device was a "pipe bomb attached to a container full of gasoline"[2]

On the other hand, Al Wefaq, Bahrain's main opposition party said the village was "entirely surrounded by security forces who are imposing collective punishment". They also stated that police had been firing "pellet guns" on residents who sent "calls for help".[2]

Reactions[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • A number of parliament members condemned the attack and called for "stringent measures against those who perpetrated it".[1]
  • Al Wefaq said it "condemned violence, regardless of its source".[1]

International[edit]

  • United Nations The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon comdemned the bombing on April 12 and expressed his concern over the "excessive use of force against protesters which continues to result in civilian casualties". He also "appeals to all sides to act with restraint and refrain from violence", his spokesperson said.[3]
  • Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf The Gulf Cooperation Council General-Secretary Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani condemned the "terrorist explosion" and said "those actions are perpetrated in order to cripple the process of development under the reign of HM king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Habib Toumi and Bureau Chief (April 10, 2012). "Bahrain probes bombing that injured seven". Gulf News. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Bahrain police injured in bomb attack". BBC. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Bahrain: Ban condemns bombing, voices concern over use of force against protesters". UN News Center. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  4. ^ "GCC Secretary General condemns terrorist bombing in Ekar-Bahrain". The Free Library. 10 April 2012. 9 June 2012.