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Bahrain king: Plot against Gulf foiled

2011-03-21 11:08

Manama - Bahrain has foiled a "foreign plot" to target Gulf countries, King Hamad said in a possible reference to Iran, after security forces crushed Shi'ite-led unrest, the state news agency reported on Monday.

He said there was a "foreign plot being prepared over a period of 30, maybe 20 years... so that if it works in one of the Gulf Co-operation Council countries, it could spread", the king was quoted as saying.

"I announce that this plot has been foiled," he told officers of a joint Gulf Co-operation Council force that entered Bahrain last week to help quell pro-democracy protests in the Shi'ite-majority, Sunni-ruled kingdom.