AN MP is demanding increased security in a neighbourhood where a gas cylinder explosion on Monday night put a mother and son in hospital.
Rawia Abdulqadir Zain Al Abedeen, 35, and her 10-year-old son Abdulla Nabeel Qadhem were wounded by glass shards after doors and windows were damaged by the blast in Bilad Al Qadeem.
Ms Al Abedeen sustained bruises and had glass embedded in her eye, while British School of Bahrain student Abdulla suffered injuries to his face and hands.
Area MP Dr Jamal Mohammed Saleh condemned those behind the blast, as well as other incidents of violence.
"I live in that area and they are my neighbours - Abdulla is a good friend of my son," he told the GDN yesterday.
"We have called many times in parliament for tight security to stop this violence, which is affecting people.
"This aggression will gradually settle down, I can't say when but it will.
"These are criminal acts, which the culprits must be ashamed of.
"This has nothing to do with demands for constitutional or political reform. They are disturbing the neighbourhood and innocent people are being targeted.
"This is not what peaceful people should be subjected to, as it will not help any cause.
"The way they (those behind the violence) are behaving now is not our manner and it's not Bahrain. It is just a way to frighten others.
"People are mentally and psychologically disturbed, especially children who are badly affected by all these incidents as they are vulnerable."
Investigations into the incident were still continuing yesterday and Dr Saleh said MPs were raising problems in Bilad Al Qadeem and other villages with the Interior Ministry.
"We as parliamentarians have approached the Interior Minister a few times and expressed our anxiety about daily violence," he added.
"The minister told us that they are doing their best to solve the problem.
"He also said they need time to amend laws - increasing punishments for people who disturb others and disrupt normal life.
"We assured the minister that we MPs are ready to accept the amendments from the government to improve the current situation.
"It's not the job of police only, but also the general public to understand that this is not the way to get demands met.
"They must not damage property and attack people from their own villages."
SMC sources told the GDN that Ms Al Abedeen was transferred to BDF Hospital where she was said to be in a stable condition, while Abdulla was released from hospital and was staying with his grandmother in Riffa.