Bahrain arrests 47, charges 290 in mass crackdown
Dubai: Bahraini police said on Sunday they had arrested 47 people on charges linked to terrorism, including plots to assassinate "public figures", as well as filing charges against another 290.
Authorities have cracked down hard on dissent since mass street protests in 2011 which demanded an elected prime minister and constitutional monarchy in the Sunni-ruled, Shiite majority kingdom.
The government accuses Shiite Tehran of training "terrorist cells" in the tiny island state, located between rival regional heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran denies involvement. In a statement Bahrain's police force on Sunday said that law enforcement had arrested 49 "terrorist agents" and foiled attacks across the country.