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Bahrain blames Iran for pipeline fire 'terror attack'

News Agency Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa Bahrain Minister of Interior talks with a member of the emergency services during his visit to the scene of an explosion in Bahrain Saturday Nov. 11 2017. Bahrain

Qassemi's statement came after Bahrain claimed an explosion which caused a fire at its main oil pipeline on Friday was caused by "terrorist" sabotage, linking the unprecedented attack to Iran, which denies any role in the Persian Gulf island kingdom's unrest.

Bahraini authorities have blamed an oil pipe blast that occurred in the country on Iran, calling it "an act of sabotage and a risky act of terrorism". However, it potentially opens a new front in the low-level insurgency plaguing Bahrain since its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

Bahrain's interior minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, said Saturday's blast was "the latest example of a terrorist act performed by terrorists in direct contact with and under instruction from Iran". Authorities later extinguished the blaze on the pipeline belonging to the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Co.

Bahrain relies on the Abu Safa field, which it shares with neighboring Saudi Arabia, for much of its oil, pumped in via a 230,000-barrel-per-day pipeline.

"The attempt to bomb the Saudi-Bahraini oil pipeline is a risky Iranian escalation that aims to scare citizens and hurt the global oil industry", Sheikh Khalid posted on Twitter on Sunday.

The UAE on Saturday condemned the terrorist explosion and expressed its solidarity with the kingdom.

. Independent news gathering there has grown more hard, with the government refusing to accredit two AP reporters and others.

It also suspended pumping oil to Bahrain after the attack on the crude oil pipeline.