Bahrain refutes terror threat

Organisers of April's inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix on April 4 have stated that there is "no direct threat" to the event from terrorist organisations, despite recent warnings of possible attacks in the region

Bahrain refutes terror threat

The United States Government revealed last week that it had received a "specific threat" of a possible attack against American interests in Bahrain, and warned its citizens to avoid certain areas of the Gulf island state. Bahrain, which has a population of less than a million, is the home of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Officials representing Bahrain International Circuit, which will host the Middle East's first grand prix, said that its situation is no different from any other venue on the Formula 1 schedule.

A spokesperson for the circuit said: "Nobody is immune from such claims and we must take all threats within the region of the Middle East seriously. The Bahrain International Circuit did not receive any direct threat. The threat that we face is similar to any grand prix anywhere in the world."

An official at Britain's Foreign Office said the event would be monitored in the coming months.

"We are not saying the race should not be held, but it is on the Foreign Office's radar and is under review," said an official spokesman.

A spokesman for Formula One Management commented: "We have been warned by the Foreign Office, but it doesn't go any further than that."

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