Bahrain says two terror suspects in custody were held at Guantánamo

 
 
Bahrain's Al-Wefaq opposition group leader Sheik Ali Salman, center,  takes part in an anti-government protest in the village of Bilad al-Qadeem, in a suburb of the capital Manama, on Nov. 22, 2013.
Bahrain's Al-Wefaq opposition group leader Sheik Ali Salman, center, takes part in an anti-government protest in the village of Bilad al-Qadeem, in a suburb of the capital Manama, on Nov. 22, 2013.
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Bahraini police say they have two suspected terrorists under arrest who drove into the emirate from Saudi Arabia with forged passports and were at one time held at the U.S. prison camps at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

A statement released by the Ministry of Interior on Saturday identified the men only as “two Gulf Nationals” who were “found to be carrying a large amount of money.”

The statement said the men arrived by the King Fahd Causeway, the major freeway connecting Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, and “are suspected of plotting a terror act to jeopardize the security and safety of Bahrain.”

The interior ministers of six Arabian Gulf nations are expected in Bahrain this week for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Bahrain, ruled by a Sunni royal family, has been rocked by two years of Arab Spring style protests by the Shiite minority. The U.S. Fifth Fleet also has a headquarters in Bahrain.

Bahrain did not say when the two men were arrested or give specifics on when they were held or released from the U.S. prison camps in Cuba.

Rather, it said, an initial investigation by Bahrain’s Crime Detection and Forensic Science Directorate “revealed that the arrestees are former detainees of the Guantánamo detention center.”

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