Bomb blast in Bahraini Shi'ite village wounds 3 policemen

December 20, 2014 11:55

A bomb blast in a Shi'ite Muslim village in Bahrain late on Friday injured three policemen, the interior ministry said, in a further sign of anti-government sentiment since the opposition boycotted elections last month.

A 2011 uprising by mainly majority Shi'ites demanding more democracy in the Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab kingdom, where the US Fifth Fleet is based as a bulwark against Iran, was crushed but sporadic unrest has continued, including bomb attacks.

Friday's bomb explosion occurred in Bani Jamra, a Shi'ite village northwest of the capital Manama and was described by the interior ministry as a "terrorist blast" in a statement posted on its Twitter account.

The statement said authorities were taking "necessary steps", without giving further details.

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