Bahrain cop killed in 'terrorist' blast

2014-07-05 08:40
Dubai - A police officer died in a "terrorist" blast in a Shi'ite-populated village in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, an interior ministry official announced Saturday.

"Police officer Mahmud Farid died Saturday before dawn from wounds sustained in a terrorist explosion at East Ekar", near Manama, said national security chief General Tareq al-Hassan in a statement published by national news agency BNA.

An investigation has been opened to identify and arrest those behind the attack, he added without giving further details.

Attacks on security forces have been on the rise in Bahrain in recent months, with three police officers, one from the United Arab Emirates, killed in a bomb attack in a Shiite-populated town on March 3.

Another officer died on February 15, also by a bomb blast, in a Shiite village during protests marking the third anniversary of Shi'ite-led demonstrations, taking their cue from Arab Spring uprisings elsewhere in the region and demanding democratic reforms in the absolute monarchy.

Security forces boosted by Saudi-led troops ended the protests a month later, but smaller demonstrations frequently take place in Shiite villages, triggering clashes with police.

Bahrain, a strategic archipelago just across the Gulf from Iran, is the home base of the US Fifth Fleet, and Washington is a long-standing ally of the ruling Al-Khalifa dynasty.

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