Doha: The devices found in a residential compound close to the site of the recent car bomb attack, were “large calibre cases of military origin”, a diplomatic source said yesterday.
“We are still waiting for the officials results of the investigation,” the diplomat told Gulf News, quoting sources at the Ministry of Interior.
Local authorities are investigating the discovery on April 10 of pieces of munitions at Al Arin compound, a residential complex under completion in Doha city.
A security guard was alerted by a suspicious bag at the compound’s entrance in the early morning. According to a press report, the bag contained an “explosive device”. Alarmed by its content, the guard called the police.
A group of explosive experts were dispatched to the compound, while the area was cordoned off by police.
“Nobody was hurt, a bomb disposal unit removed the bag and its content from the site,” a source close to the investigators told Gulf News following the discovery.
The source said investigators were puzzled by the proximity of Al Arin compound to the site of the Doha Players’ Theatre, the target of the fatal car bomb attack on March 19.
“The choice of the location is not casual, it seems to be a warning or message to the local authorities,” the source said.
On the same day armed police forces were seen patrolling the compound and forbidding access to cars and pedestrians.
Armed policemen also patrolled the main roundabouts surrounding Al Markiyya, which is close to the Traffic Department and not far from Al Jazeera satellite channel’s building.
The local authorities are now investigating whether the discovery at Al Arin has any link to the terrorist attack of March 19.
The diplomatic source said according to official sources the devices found at Al Arin were “not dangerous”. However, the ministry of interior did not comment on the origin of the devices and whether or not they were explosives.
The diplomat also dismissed rumours that several explosive devices had been found in parking areas of shopping malls and commercial centres in Doha city.
“According to official sources, the rumours are baseless,” he said.
In the meantime local authorities, with the support of French experts, are still investigating the car bomb attack of March 19, when an Egyptian national rammed a car laden with explosives into the Doha Players’ Theatre.
Since the attacks security forces and diplomatic missions have been on high alert. Embassies have instructed their citizens to avoid public places usually visited by expatriates. Hotels and other public venues have also enhanced security measures.