Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja (L) is greeted by Sumaiya Rajab, wife of jailed activist Nabeel Rajab, after her release from prison in Budaiya, west of Manama, February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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A 23-year-old Bahraini suffering from sickle-cell anemia who was detained by police as part of a security investigation has died a week after being taken to the hospital, authorities in the Gulf island kingdom said Wednesday.The country's main Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, hailed the man as a martyr and blamed the government for his death because of what it alleged was improper care while in custody. The Ministry of Interior said the man, identified as Jaffar Mohammed Jaffar, had sickle-cell anemia and died at around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday. Opposition activists and human rights groups in the past have raised concerns about the alleged mistreatment of detainees amid a three-year uprising by a Shiite-dominated opposition seeking greater political rights from the country's Sunni rulers.Jaffar is the second person to die in police custody this year.
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