Condemning last night’s bombing in West Riffa
July 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
Last night, I was dismayed to read reports of a car bombing outside a Sunni mosque in West Riffa. A heinous crime at any time, this attack took place as people were attending evening prayers during the Holy Month of Ramadan. I join all Bahrainis of conscience in condemning this crime in the most certain terms.
This incident is only the latest in a disturbing trend of political violence perpetrated by members of the opposition. In Bahrain, as in most countries around the world, we appreciate that not all of our citizens may be content with the current state of affairs. Politics of the street, violence against police officers, and cowardly terrorist acts, will not bring about meaningful change.
A crime of this magnitude has no place in a tolerant, multi-ethnic, multi-religious country like Bahrain.
I would also like to share the statement of His Royal Highness, Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who said:
His Royal Highness stressed that violence and terrorism should not be faced with silence. He stated that community leaders who remain silent in the face of acts should bear a responsibility and such silence can only be viewed as tacit support. Expressing strong dissatisfaction with the provocative acts of leaders who were not showing serious intent to reaching a consensus on political development, His Royal Highness also called on all leaders in question to clearly and unequivocally condemn, shun and prevent acts of violence.
His Royal Highness made clear that any attempt to undermine national security will not discourage the ongoing efforts to maintain security and stability under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, which served the interests of national unity and occurred with the unstinting support of Bahrain’s neighbours in the GCC.