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Young protester killed in Bahrain

A young man has been killed by gunfire during the latest anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, officials said.

Ahmed Ismail, 22, died from a "live bullet" and an investigation is under way, the interior ministry said.

Street battles occur nearly every day between security forces and protesters from Bahrain's Shiite majority, which seeks to break the Sunni monarchy's hold on power.

Police often use tear gas and rubber bullets, but reports of regular gunfire are rare.

The death could increase pressure on Formula One organisers to call off the April 22 Bahrain Grand Prix. The race was cancelled last year in a blow to the country's leadership.

More than 45 people have died in Bahrain's unrest since February 2011.

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