Bomb blast hits outside Bahraini capital

An off-duty policeman was shot dead outside the capital late last month


Reuters February 05, 2017
An anti-government protester takes cover behind a piece of wood amid teargas fired by riot police during clashes after a revisit to the grave procession of detainee Jaffar Mohammed Jaffar, in the village of Daih west of Manama, March 3, 2014. An explosion in Bahrain killed three police officers, during a clash with protesters west of the capital Manama on Monday, the Interior Ministry said. It said on its Twitter account that a group of protesters had broken away from a mourning procession in the village of Daih and started blocking roads. The explosion took place as the policemen were trying to disperse the rioters, it added. PHOTO: REUTERS

A bomb exploded on a main thoroughfare on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital Manama on Sunday damaged several cars but caused no injuries, in what the interior ministry described as a “terrorist” act.

There have been increased protests in the kingdom after the execution last month of three men convicted of killing three policemen in a bomb attack in 2014.

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Bahrain has suffered unrest and several bomb attacks since 2011 “Arab Spring” protests led by its Shia majority were repressed with the help of its Gulf Arab neighbours.

An off-duty policeman was shot dead outside the capital late last month in what authorities also deemed a politically-motivated attack.

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