Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Protester dies in Bahrain custody

Riot police chase anti-government protesters in Manama, Bahrain (AP)
Riot police chase anti-government protesters in Manama, Bahrain (AP)

A detainee has died after being taken into custody during clashes between security forces and Shiite-led protesters, Bahrain authorities said.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said public prosecutors are investigating the death.

About 40 people have died in nearly a year of non-stop unrest between Bahrain's Sunni monarchy and the island kingdom's majority Shiites seeking a greater voice in government and security affairs.

The brief statement gave no further details on the death, but said the detainee was taken to hospital and accused of "vandalism" during widespread demonstrations on Wednesday.

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