Bahrain police clear roads, blasts heard in Manama

MANAMA - Bahraini security forces in light armored personnel carriers began to clear makeshift roadblocks from a thoroughfare leading to the main financial district on Wednesday, as pitched battles raged with protesters.
Helicopters hovered overhead and protesters fleeing in their cars drove at high speed toward police, knocking down a policeman who was evacuated by ambulance, witnesses said.
As protesters fled to surrounding suburbs and villages, black smoke was seen rising from the Shi'ite Muslim area of Sanabis but the source of the smoke was unclear. Small explosions occasionally reverberated through the capital Manama, but the source also was unclear.