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Bahrain Coast Guard

Location: Bahrain


Type: Police

The Coast Guard in Bahrain is responsible for monitoring shipments into and out of Bahrain by sea. Part of this involves monitoring terrorist activity such as the shipment of explosives, weapons, and terrorists themselves. They have been successful in monitoring terrorist movements and in terrorist related seizures and arrests.

In the past the Coast Guard has been known to intercept and seize shipments of explosive materials and arrest the terrorists involved. In June of this year, it was announced that a boat heading to Iran was stopped and on board the boat, eight terrorists were found.

The Coast Guard often work in cooperation with other Bahraini security authorities. For example, in July 2015 the Coast Guard, alongside the Police Aviation Unit and Bahrain Royal Naval Force, intercepted a ship heading for Bahrain. On board were terrorists, some trained in explosives, explosive materials including detonators, and other weaponry.[ii] The shipment was said to come from Iran.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.