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Bahrain prosecutor: Shot gun fire killed teen

Mourners chant anti-government slogans Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Muharraq, Bahrain, as they escort the body of Husam al-Hadad, 16, carried atop of a vehicle, who allegedly was shot by security forces and then beaten late Friday. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain: Bahrain's public prosecutor's office says shotgun pellets caused the death of a 16-year-old youth last week in an incident that has sharply raised tensions in the Gulf kingdom.

Shiite-led protest groups accuse security forces of abuses in the death of the Husam al-Hadad. The island nation's Western-backed Sunni monarchy has promised an investigation.

More than 50 people have died in Bahrain's unrest since clashes began in February 2011 between government forces and majority Shiites seeking a greater voice in the nation's affairs.

Monday's statement by public prosecutor spokesman Nawaf Hamza says the boy died of injuries from shotgun fire. It said a probe is in progress.

Bird shot is often used by Bahrain's security forces.

 

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