The blast was the latest in a series of bombings in recent years targeting security forces in the Gulf nation.

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry described the bombing as a “terror blast,” and said it took place in Sitra. One of the wounded officers sustained serious injuries, the ministry said.

The blast occurred just days after Bahraini authorities announced they had broken up an attempt to smuggle assault rifles, ammunition and explosives into the kingdom. The cargo intercepted earlier this month off the country’s coast included nearly 44km of C-4 plastic explosives and detonators. The explosives used in the bombing were similar to those seized, state news agency BNA reported.

“Early information suggests that the explosives used in today’s terrorist attack are of the same type that were recently intercepted coming from Iran,” BNA said.

Bahrain said on Saturday it had foiled an arms and explosives smuggling plot by two Bahrainis with ties to Iran, and it recalled its ambassador to Tehran.

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday condemned the blast and called on the regime in Iran to stop its ‘blatant interference’ in the internal affairs of Bahrain. In a statement, Anwar Mohammad Gargash, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, blamed the regime in Iran for stirring sectarian strife in Bahrain. He said he was surprised over Tehran’s call to open a new page with its neighbours when it is working to destabilize the region.

He emphasized that the remarks and attempts made by the officials in Iran “do not reflect a desire to improve relations or enhance an atmosphere of stability in the region. Instead, these would contribute towards creating tension and igniting sectarian strife through provocative statements which are contrary to all international charters and laws, besides being completely incompatible with the true values of Islam and its tolerant principles.”

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