Amid Shi'ite unrest, explosion hits cars in Bahrain

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 14, 2010 18:03

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Security officials in Bahrain said an explosion damaged at least two cars in the first such attack since the country's Sunni-led rulers began a crackdown on suspected Shi'ite dissidents last month.

The officials say Tuesday's blast struck vehicles belonging to Sunnis, including an employee of the interior ministry. No casualties were reported in the mixed Sunni-Shi'ite area south of the capital, Manama.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Bahrain's Sunni leaders have detained more than 250 people and accused 23 political activists and others of plotting to overthrow the government.

Nearly all the detainees are members of the Shi'ite majority.


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