EXPLOSIVES used by rioters in Bahrain are just as dangerous as those planted by insurgents in war zones, according to a Bahrain-based former bomb disposal expert.

Anthony Tesar, chief executive of independent British specialist security and risk management consultancy Le Beck International, has defused more than 2,000 explosives during his time as a bomb disposal officer in the British Army and private contractor.

He has worked as a weapons inspector for the United Nations as part of its Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission and his CV also includes numerous advisory roles for counter-terrorism agencies in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

Mr Tesar described the current situation in Bahrain as a ‘game of cat and mouse’ between bomb-making, Molotov-hurling rioters and the security services, praising the police’s restraint in the face of such violence.

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