Bahrain holds Briton in air security scare


Bahrain security forces arrested a British man on suspicion of carrying explosives aboard a plane, but a search of the aircraft failed to find any, said the Interior Ministry.

“Security forces stopped a British man of Asian descent on suspicion that he was carrying explosives on a plane coming to Bahrain in transit and headed to Britain,” it said on Twitter, adding that no explosives were found.

The ministry later said on its website that the man, who it said had begun his trip in Yemen, had been held based on information that he was involved in “terrorist crimes” and that the investigation was continuing, Reuters reports.
“The procedures are being completed in the case of the suspect … and he will be allowed to travel if it is shown that he has no ties to such crimes,” a ministry spokesman said.

Gulf Air confirmed that the aircraft involved was one of its fleet.
“Flight GF 547 with 39 passengers from Abu Dhabi to Bahrain … was taken to an isolated part of the airport upon landing at Bahrain Airport following a security alert,” it said in a statement, adding the plane had since returned to service.

Pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya said the man was taken off the plane in a hysterical or drunken state.

The British embassy in Bahrain said it could not confirm that the man in question was British.