Policeman killed in Bahrain 'terrorist' attack

2014-12-09 11:44

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Dubai - One policeman was killed in a "terrorist" attack in a Shiite town in Bahrain, which has been rocked by a wave of violence, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The attack occurred on Monday night in Damistan, southwest of Manama, while the officer was "doing his duty", the ministry said, adding that an investigation was under way.

It was the first deadly attack on the security forces since parliamentary elections in November, boycotted by the main Shiite opposition group which is calling for democratic reforms in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

The vote was the first in the Gulf state since Sunni authorities crushed pro-democracy protests led by the majority Shiites in 2011.

Attacks against the security forces have increased this year, with three policemen, including one from the UAE, killed in a bomb attack in a Shiite area on 3 March.

Another policeman was killed in a bomb attack in a Shiite village in February during protests marking the third anniversary of the protest movement.

Small but strategic Bahrain, home base of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, remains deeply divided three years after the month-long protests.

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