Bahrain hackers post threats on foreign minister's Twitter

Bahraini authorities on Saturday accused "terrorists" of hacking the Twitter account of the country's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.

On Saturday, a group of hackers took over the Twitter account of the Bahraini foreign minister.

The hackers also spoke out against the treatment of Shiites in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition including Bahrain is fighting Shiite rebels who control the capital Sanaa.

Bahraini authorities have broken up major opposition political parties and revoked the nationality of several activists.

The ministry said it was working to restore the minister's account and vowed to bring those responsible for the hacking to accountability.

Al Khalifa's Twitter account posed a tempting target for militants.

No group has claimed responsibility for taking over the account, although they are apparently allied with Shiite militants.

Bahrain's al-Wasat newspaper said on its website that several tweets and videos that appeared on the foreign minister's account were insulting to him.

Five people were killed last week when Bahraini security forced moved against supporters of the spiritual leader of Bahrain's Shi'ite campaign outside his house and arrested almost 300 people, including several it said were escaped prisoners.

Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. Five supporters of Isa Qassim, the country's most senior Shiite cleric, were killed last week after security forces moved to disperse a sit-in at his house to protest against his arrest and trial.

Tensions have increased in Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based, after a series of measures by the government to curb what it calls illegal activities by opposition groups and individuals it accuses of fomenting sectarian tensions.

The pictures were captioned: "What the petrodollar media doesn't show you", a reference to the satellite television channels funded by neighboring Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Julie Sanders