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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 1, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has cabled Bahraini King Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa robustly denouncing the armed attack on a prison in the Gulf Kingdom.
His Highness the Amir condemned in strong terms this terrorist and gruesome act that targeted souls of the innocent, thus jeopardizing security of the brotherly country. He re-affirmed the State of Kuwait’s unwavering stance, rebuffing all “forms and pictures” of terrorism, its stand on the side of the brotherly Kingdom of Bahrain and supporting any measures it may take in this respect.
Moreover, His Highness expressed solace to the King and the family of the “martyr” who lost his life while he was on duty when the attack was carried out on the prison. Cables of identical sentiments were addressed to the Bahraini Monarch by Their Highnesses the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister, respectively Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah and Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Armed men on Sunday attacked a prison in Bahrain where Shiites convicted over anti-government protests are held, killing one policeman and allowing inmates to escape, the interior ministry said.
The security forces launched a manhunt for the attackers and the escaped prisoners, the ministry said on Twitter. The attack took place at Jaw prison south of the capital Manama, it said, but did not give more details on the number of attackers or escapees. The tiny but strategic Gulf state has been rocked by unrest since its Sunni authorities crushed Shiite-led protests in 2011 demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister. Hundreds of Shiites have been arrested and many have faced trials over their role in the demonstrations. Police on Sunday set up or reinforced roadblocks near Shiite villages outside the capital, witnesses said.
Despite the crackdown, Shiite protesters have frequently clashed with security forces in these villages. In June, 17 prisoners broke out of Al-Hadd jail east of Manama, but the authorities recaptured 11 of them the next day. Bahrain, which is connected to Saudi Arabia by a causeway, lies across the Gulf from Shiite Iran and is home to the US Fifth Fleet.