Bahrain authorities announced on Thursday, June 29, that a pre-emptive anti-terrorist operation in the Deir district allowed Bahraini security forces to dismantle a terrorist cell and arrest seven suspected terrorists. Explosives materials were found, as well as tools to manufacture explosives. According to local authorities, the arrested suspects were linked to previous terrorist attacks carried out on Bahraini soil.
Bahrain faces a high terrorist threat due in large part to its involvement in the international coalition to fight Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. Bahraini authorities regularly conduct counter-terrorism operations.
Individuals in Bahrain, particularly in the capital Manama, are advised to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious objects or activity to local authorities. As attacks on security forces occur periodically, foreigners are advised to stay away from sites that are deemed particularly likely to be targeted (e.g., ministries, public buildings, police patrols, military zones, etc.).