DUBAI: Angry Bahrainis preparing to bury a teenager killed in clashes with police in a Shiite village near the capital torched a police car, the Interior Ministry said Saturday.
The ministry said the police car caught fire and burned on Friday night after being hit by a Molotov cocktail in the village of Mikshaa, west of Manama.
Witnesses said police used tear gas to disperse people who had gathered in protest for a second consecutive night Friday.
Mahmud Mohsen, 15, died after being hit by birdshot on Wednesday, the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq said. His funeral was to be held on Saturday.
The ministry said it has opened an enquiry into the death of Mohsen, whom Al-Wefaq claimed was hit when security forces opened fire on demonstrators.
That incident occurred during a ceremony to mark the death of a Shiite killed in an explosion on May 16.
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-ruled kingdom, mainly in Shiite-populated villages surrounding the capital.