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Bahraini man dies two months after being shot by police: family

MANAMA (Reuters) - A Bahraini man died on Friday from shotgun pellet wounds sustained during clashes with police almost two months ago, rights activists said, becoming the first person to be killed in such circumstances since February last year. Rights campaigners said Abdul-Aziz al-Abbar, 27, was hit by a teargas canister and shotgun pellets fired by riot police at a funeral procession. It is not uncommon in Bahrain for funerals to turn into public expressions of discontent, sometimes leading to clashes with police.

Bahraini man dies two months after being shot by police: family

MANAMA (Reuters) - A Bahraini man died on Friday from shotgun pellet wounds sustained during clashes with police almost two months ago, rights activists said, becoming the first person to be killed in such circumstances since February last year. Rights campaigners said Abdul-Aziz al-Abbar, 27, was hit by a teargas canister and shotgun pellets fired by riot police at a funeral procession. It is not uncommon in Bahrain for funerals to turn into public expressions of discontent, sometimes leading to clashes with police.

Assailants firebomb Bahrain police car

Assailants have firebombed a police car in the Bahraini capital Manama, the government said Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks on the security forces in the Gulf kingdom. A group of "terrorists" attacked the vehicle with Molotov cocktails in the suburb of Hamad Town late Monday, completely burning it out, the interior ministry said on Twitter. It did not say if there were any casualties. Attacks on the security forces have intensified in the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom, mainly in Shiite-populated villages surrounding the capital.

Bahrain court jails 11 Shiites over police attack

A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 11 Shiite demonstrators to five years in jail each for attacking police with iron rods and petrol bombs near Manama last year, a judicial source said. The men were accused of taking part in an unauthorised demonstration in the Shiite village of Al-Maameer, south of the capital, last June, the source said. The prosecution also charged the demonstrators with assaulting a police patrol with "Molotov cocktails and iron rods", according to the source.

Bahrain court jails 11 Shiites over police attack

A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 11 Shiite demonstrators to five years in jail each for attacking police with iron rods and petrol bombs near Manama last year, a judicial source said. The men were accused of taking part in an unauthorised demonstration in the Shiite village of Al-Maameer, south of the capital, last June, the source said. The prosecution also charged the demonstrators with assaulting a police patrol with "Molotov cocktails and iron rods", according to the source.

Small blast heard in Bahrain capital, F1 race undisrupted

By Farishta Saeed MANAMA (Reuters) - A small explosion was heard in the center of the Bahraini capital Manama on Sunday, three witnesses said, as the kingdom was hosting a Formula One motor racing Grand Prix, but the cause was not immediately clear.

Bahrain jails seven Shiites protesters for 15 years

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced seven Shiites to 15 years in jail after convicting them of an attack which wounded a policeman during a protest, a judicial source said. The defendants admitted taking part in an authorised protest and being in possession of Molotov cocktails, the source said. During the December 2012 demonstration in the Shiite village of Dia near Manama, policemen were attacked and one was wounded.

Bahrain Shiites protest as Grand Prix practice begins

Thousands of Shiite Muslims turned out peacefully Friday to call for political reforms in Bahrain, as practice began for this year's Formula 1 Grand Prix in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom. Demonstrations have been held during the event every year since 2011 by opponents of the ruling Al-Khalifa dynasty in an attempt to highlight the reform demands. The influential Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq had called for a rally Friday on the main Budaya highway, four kilometres (2.5 miles) west of Manama, which links several Shiite villages.

Bahrain tightens Grand Prix security as protests planned

Bahrain tightened security Thursday, as the three-day Formula One Grand Prix was about to get underway, with the country's Shiite opposition planning protests to seize world attention for pro-reform demands. Demonstrations have been held during the event every year since 2011 by opponents of the ruling Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty in an attempt to highlight those demands.

Bahrain opposition calls F1 Grand Prix protests

Bahrain's influential Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq and a more radical group have called separate rallies for Friday to protest the weekend staging of the Formula One Grand Prix in Manama. Demonstrations have been held during the annual three-day Grand Prix event every year since 2011 by opponents of the ruling Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty in an attempt to highlight pro-reform demands. The protests, which first erupted in the wake of a Shiite-led uprising in February 2011, have at times been marred by violence but the race has never been affected.
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