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Terror suspects held in Oman are remanded.

THREE businessmen arrested in Oman for allegedly being part of an Iranian-backed terrorist cell that planned attacks in Bahrain have been remanded in custody for another 45 days.

They are among eight men arrested in connection with the cell, which was allegedly plotting to assassinate high-ranking police officers and public figures and planning multiple explosions at strategic locations across the country - including Bahrain International Airport.

The three men, aged in their 30s, were handed over to Bahraini authorities and have already spent 100 days in custody.

Five other alleged members of the cell - including a businessman, a policeman and a lawyer - arrested in Bahrain were also remanded in custody for 45 days on Thursday.

Authorities claim a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, an Iranian known as Abu Nasser, was the mastermind of the sleeper cell and funnelled in $80,000 to support its activities.

Four other men wanted in connection with the cell, all non-GCC nationals, are still at large.

Public Security Chief Major General Tariq Al Hassan earlier announced the sleeper cell belonged to the notorious Iranian militant group Jaish Al Imam (Army of Imam).

The Bahrainis - who allegedly had links with groups in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon - are said to have received training in arms, explosives, collecting data and recruiting militias.

Maj Gen Al Hassan said the training took place in camps operated by the Revolutionary Guard in Iran, in addition to sites belonging to Iraqi Hezbollah located in Karbala and Baghdad.

The National Security Agency first got a whiff of the cell's activities last May and investigators arrested the eight Bahraini suspects on January 26.

Police said the terror cell was awaiting instruction from Iran for a "zero hour" to carry out massive attacks in Bahrain using C4 explosives and other locally manufactured weapons, including sophisticated Improvised Explosive Devices.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:May 13, 2013
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