Middle East

Angry Bahrainis torch police car after teen's killing

Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes following a protest against the death of Abdul Aziz al-Abbar and Sayed Mahmood Sayed Mohsin in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, on May 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH

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.





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