Middle East

Bahrain youth killed in clashes with police: opposition

Bahraini mourners hold posters of Ali Faisal Al-Akrawi, a 20-year-old Bahraini man who was in hiding following an absentia prison sentence of ten years, after he was killed in an explosion near his home the day before, during his funeral on May 18, 2014, in the village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH

DUBAI: A Bahraini youth was killed on Wednesday in clashes with police at a Shiite village near the capital Manama, the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq said.

"Mahmud Mohsen succumbed to his wounds after being hit by buckshot on Wednesday in Sitra," Al-Wefaq said on Twitter.

The interior ministry said police had been notified that a dead person was admitted to a clinic in Sitra, and added that an investigation was underway.

Witnesses said the clashes broke out in the afternoon during a ceremony to mark the death of a Shiite killed in an explosion on Friday last week.

Bahrain remains deeply divided three years after security forces crushed an Arab Spring-inspired uprising, with persistent protests sparking clashes with police, scores of Shiites jailed on "terror" charges and reconciliation talks deadlocked.

Attacks on the security forces have intensified in the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom, mainly in Shiite-populated villages surrounding the capital.





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