US concerned about Bahrain activist, urges probe

By REUTERS
January 7, 2012 19:12

WASHINGTON - The United States is very concerned about a prominent Bahraini rights activist who opposition activists say was beaten by security forces on Friday and have called on the government to investigate, a senior US official said on Saturday.

Activists said security officers threw Nabeel Rajab to the ground and beat him on the head, neck and back during a confrontation after a protest march on Friday. Bahrain's Interior Ministry denied those accounts, saying on its Twitter feed that police found Rajab, head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, "lying on the ground" and took him to hospital.


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