[QODLink]
Middle East
Bahraini teenager killed in protest
Seventeen-year-old dies after police fire shotgun pellets at anti-government rally in Manama on Friday.
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2012 17:42
Seventeen-year-old Ali Hussain Nima is the second young protester to die in Bahrain in the past six weeks [Reuters]

Bahraini riot police have killed a teenager when they fired shotgun pellets during clashes with protesters in the country's capital, Manama, on Friday, the country's opposition said.

The teenager is the second young protester to die in Bahrain in six weeks.

Thousands rallied on Friday in an officially authorised protest called by the main opposition group al-Wefaq, but as the event ended around 100 demonstrators clashed with police.

Witnesses said riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse those demonstrators, who, the authorities said, were throwing petrol bombs and wielding iron bars.

The police described the incident after the protest as a "terrorist attack" on a security patrol that "targeted the lives
of members of the patrol" late on Friday evening.

The police had defended themselves "according to their legal authority", a statement said on Saturday, confirming one of the protesters had died.

Mass demonstrations

Bahrain, headquarters of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, has been in turmoil since mass demonstrations started at the height
of Arab Spring unrest last year, led by its Shia Muslim majority.

The protests were put down by the Sunni monarchy which imposed martial law and invited Saudi Arabia to send troops in
support.

In mid-August, a 16-year-old protester was killed in a similar incident, when police opened fire with birdshot during clashes after a demonstration, opposition activists said.

The opposition says more than 45 people have been killed in protests since martial law was lifted in June 2011. The Interior Ministry says protesters have injured more than 700 police officers and that the authorities have exercised restraint.

Al-Wefaq named the dead protester as 17-year-old Ali Hussain Nima and distributed photographs showing a body covered in blood and flecked with birdshot wounds. The pictures could not be independently verified.

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of fomenting the unrest in the island kingdom and among Saudi Arabia's Shia Muslim minority, who mostly live in a province situated next to Bahrain. Iran denies the accusations.

The death comes a day after the UN Human Rights Council appointed a Bahraini as the Asia representative to its advisory committee.

346

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A former rebel's museum keeps alive memories of the July 26, 1953 veterans who launched Cuba's revolution.
A revolutionary new treatment is halving hospitalisation rates for severe asthma sufferers.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
join our mailing list