Home-made bomb injures seven Bahrain policemen

By REUTERS
April 9, 2012 23:51

 
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DUBAI - Seven Bahraini policemen were wounded, three of them seriously, when a home-made bomb exploded on Monday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, during a protest near the capital calling for the release of an activist on a two-month hunger strike.

Protesters threw petrol bombs at riot police to lure officers into Eker, a Shi'ite village outside the capital Manama, before the rare explosion was set off, the spokesman said.

"We consider this an act of terrorism," the spokesman said of the explosion, an escalation in violence which could cast further doubt on the staging of the Formula One grand prix this month in the kingdom that hosts the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

On Sunday, Bahrain ruled out extraditing the jailed Bahraini political activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, also a Danish citizen, despite a request from Denmark to hand him over because his health was worsening after his hunger strike.

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