Bahrain Oil Pipeline Fire Contained

Bahraini emergency workers block the road leading to the site of a fire at an oil pipeline near to the village of Buri south of Manama

Bahrain blames Iran for pipeline fire 'terror attack'

An oil pipeline exploded in Bahrain on Friday, causing a massive fire near a market and a hospital.

Sheikh Khalid's remarks echo that of Bahrain's interior minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah, who said on Saturday: "The terrorist incidents that Bahrain has been witnessing recently are happening either through directs calls or guidance from Iran".

Emergency services brought the blaze under control after it was discovered early Saturday, officials said, adding that national oil company Bapco had turned off the flow of oil.

The interior ministry said there were no casualties.

The Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources has tightened security at all its oil facilities following the Bahrain pipeline attack, it announce on Saturday.

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The fire service also evacuated homes in the nearby village of Buri, 15 kilometers (10 miles) south of Manama, it added.

Saudi fully supports Bahrain's energy sector in tackling such hostile attacks and is confident about Bahrain's capability of handling the situation, said a statement by Saudi's Energy Ministry. Bahrain relies on the Abu Safa field, which it shares with Saudi Arabia, for much of its oil, pumped in via a 230,000-barrel-per-day pipeline.

Bahrain says Tehran is funding militant cells in the small kingdom and of stoking the 2011 anti-government protests, which were led by the country's Shiite majority.

A new 350,000-bpd oil pipeline between the two countries will be completed next year and will serve the planned expansion of Bahrain's refinery capacity.

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