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Car bomb kills two, wounds one in Bahrain

Two people were killed Saturday when their car exploded in a Shiite village in Bahrain, the interior ministry said, although it was unclear whether the vehicle itself had been targeted. A third person was wounded in the blast and taken to hospital as civil defence personnel were hurt in a separate explosion, the ministry said. An uprising against the ruling Sunni dynasty in the Shiite majority kingdom began in 2011, and protesters still clash regularly with police.

Car bomb kills two, wounds one in Bahrain

Two people were killed Saturday when their car exploded in a Shiite village in Bahrain, the interior ministry said, although it was unclear whether the vehicle itself had been targeted. A third person was wounded in the blast and taken to hospital as civil defence personnel were hurt in a separate explosion, the ministry said. An uprising against the ruling Sunni dynasty in the Shiite majority kingdom began in 2011, and protesters still clash regularly with police.

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 says foreign 'terrorists' behind blast that killed three police

MANAMA (Reuters) - Questioning of four men detained in connection with a bomb blast that killed three policemen in Bahrain last week showed they had been guided by "terrorists" abroad, public prosecutors said on Sunday. The three policemen died when what the authorities say was a remotely detonated bomb exploded during a mourning procession for a 23-year-old Shi'ite who died in custody on February 26.

Bahrain Shiites stage march against 'repression'

Thousands of Shiites in Bahrain took to the streets south of the capital Manama on Friday to protest against what they called repression of the opposition, witnesses said. They marched in the Shiite area of Bilad al-Qadim, waving the flag of the Gulf state and chanting slogans calling for jailed members of the opposition to be released. The opposition led by the Shiite Al-Wefaq movement in a statement charged that the government had not implemented the recommendations of a commission of inquiry into violence in the spring of 2011.

Bahrain police break up Shiite rally

Anti-riot police in Bahrain used buckshot, sound grenades and tear gas on Saturday to disperse hundreds of Shiite protesters trying to march on an iconic square in Manama, witnesses said. The demonstrators were trying to reach Pearl Square, the focus of Shiite-led protests in 2011, after the funeral of a Shiite detainee who died in hospital in the capital on Friday. The witnesses said several protesters were injured when the security forces intervened, although they were unable to give a specific number.

Bahrain jails 9 Shiite 'bombers' for life: judicial source

A Bahraini court jailed nine Shiite Muslims for life Monday after convicting them of making bombs for "terrorist" purposes and for their alleged involvement in a 2011 attack, a judicial source said. Four of the defendants were in court for the verdict and the remaining five, tried in absentia, were handed an 10 additional years in jail for failing to hand themselves in. Life imprisonment in Bahrain is a 25-year-sentence.

Police, Shiite protesters clash in Bahrain villages

Protesters calling for the overthrow of Bahrain's ruling Sunni monarchy clashed with police across several Shiite villages overnight, witnesses said Friday without reporting casualties. "Down with Hamad," hundreds chanted of King Hamad whose family has ruled the tiny Gulf kingdom for decades. The protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs at policemen who responded by firing buckshot, tear gas, and sound grenades, the sources said. The protests were held in response to a call issued by the opposition February 14 Coalition youth group.

Bahrain police out in force ahead of protests

Bahraini security forces deployed as Shiite-led opposition activists called for a mass rally on Wednesday against the Gulf state's Sunni rulers near the US embassy in defiance of a ban. The interior ministry said the deployment that began on Tuesday was aimed at "preserving security and order, and to guarantee an easy flow of traffic". Al-Wefaq, the main opposition formation, said in a statement that police had blocked roads leading to Shiite-populated villages with barbed wire and concrete blocks.
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