The Iranian Embassy in Manama has denied a report that one of its staff members was involved in smuggling weapons in Bahrain. Al Ayam daily had earlier reported that an Iranian embassy staff member was detained by Bahraini security forces while trying to smuggle weapons and communication gears out of Salmaniya Hospital in the capital city Manama. The newspaper quoting security forces said some employees of the hospital were part of the smuggling network, apparently bringing in weapons to the hospital stored in imported medical equipment boxes. The Iranian embassy said it had sent a letter to the newspaper denying the allegations, but the letter has not been published yet. The embassy did not disclose the name of its staff member and his position. It was not clear if the staff member has been freed because of his diplomatic immunity.