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Policeman hurt in Bahrain bomb blast:ministry

MANAMA (Reuters) - A policeman was wounded when a homemade bomb exploded in a village in Bahrain on Friday, the Interior Ministry said, in the latest of a series of attacks by suspected Shi'ite Muslim militants on security forces. No one claimed responsibility for the blast in the village of al-Daih, west of the capital Manama. "A terrorist act targeted the lives of policemen who were on duty in the village of al-Daih, using a homemade bomb that injured one security man," the ministry said in a brief statement.

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.

Bahrain jails 16 Shiites for life

A Bahraini court on Sunday jailed 16 Shiites for life and two others 10 years for an attack that wounded two policemen in a village near Manama, a judicial source said. Authorities in the Sunni-ruled, but Shiite majority, kingdom, who have been facing a Shiite-led unrest since 2011, increased last year the penalties for those convicted of violence, introducing the death penalty or life sentences in certain cases.

Bahrainis 'jihadists' fighting abroad given deadline to return

Bahrain set a two-week ultimatum Thursday for the return of citizens fighting as jihadists abroad, saying they will be charged under the Gulf kingdom's anti-terror laws if they do not. An interior ministry statement said Bahrainis "currently in conflict zones... on the pretext of jihad" must "return to the country within two weeks". Those who do not come back "will be pursued under the law pertaining to the protection of society from terrorist acts", it said. Among the penalties that could be imposed would be loss of nationality.

Policemen injured in blast on highway in Bahrain: interior ministry

MANAMA (Reuters) - A blast caused by a homemade bomb on a highway west of Bahrain's capital Manama caused minor injuries to several policemen, the Gulf Arab kingdom's Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, without giving further details. Bahrain has been grappling with unrest by majority Shi'ite Muslims over the past three years demanding political reform and an end to what they see as discrimination. They have staged regular protests as well as attacks on security forces using homemade bombs.

Bahrainis protest 'sectarian discrimination'

Thousands of Bahrainis, mainly from the Shiite majority, demonstrated near Manama Friday against what they described as "sectarian discrimination" in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. "No to discrimination," chanted protesters brandishing Bahrain's red-and-white flag as they marched along Budaiya main road, which links Shiite villages with the capital, witnesses said. Ali Salman, chief cleric of the main Shiite formation Al-Wefaq was among leaders of the opposition who participated, according to images the group posted online.

Bahrainis protest 'sectarian discrimination'

Thousands of Bahrainis, mainly from the Shiite majority, demonstrated near Manama Friday against what they described as "sectarian discrimination" in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. "No to discrimination," chanted protesters brandishing Bahrain's red-and-white flag as they marched along Budaiya main road, which links Shiite villages with the capital, witnesses said. Ali Salman, chief cleric of the main Shiite formation Al-Wefaq was among leaders of the opposition who participated, according to images the group posted online.

Bomb wounds two policemen in Bahraini village: interior ministry

DUBAI (Reuters) - A homemade bomb exploded in a Shi'ite Muslim village in Bahrain on Tuesday, wounding two policemen, the interior ministry said, nine days after another blast in the Gulf Arab kingdom killed three security men. Bahrain has been grappling with unrest by majority Shi'ites over the past three years demanding political reform and an end to perceived discrimination in the Sunni Muslim-ruled country. Bahrain denies any discrimination against Shi'ites.

Bahrain says two children injured as bomb explodes

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain's interior ministry said on Thursday two children were injured after they were instructed to plant a bomb in the same village where a bomb killed two local policemen and an officer from the United Arab Emirates earlier this week. The two children, aged 10 and 11, had been instructed by "terrorists" to plant a bomb in Daih, west of the capital Manama, but it exploded as they were handling it causing serious injury to one of them, the statement by the ministry said.
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