Views over Bahrain

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FRANK GARDNER

Gunmen in Bahrain have attacked a jail, killing a policeman and liberating inmates convicted of terror offences, officers say.

A safety lockdown has been imposed round Jaw jail, south of the capital Manama, the inside ministry stated.

It didn’t say what number of prisoners had escaped.

Sporadic unrest has hit Bahrain since protests in February 2011 demanded an finish to discrimination of the Shia majority by the Sunni Muslim rulers.

On the time, demonstrators occupied Manama’s Pearl Roundabout to press for extra democracy.

The protesters had been pushed out by safety forces in March 2011, after the king introduced in troops from neighbouring Sunni-led Gulf states to revive order and crush dissent.

The unrest left at the least 30 civilians and 5 policemen useless. Nearly three,000 folks had been additionally arrested, and scores had been handed lengthy jail phrases by army courts.

Opposition activists say dozens of individuals have been killed in ongoing clashes between protesters and safety forces, whereas bomb assaults blamed on Iran-backed militants have left numerous law enforcement officials useless.


Bahrain

  • King: Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa
  • Title: Means two seas
  • Capital: Manama
  • Inhabitants estimate 2014: 1,343,000
  • Space: 257 sq miles (665 sq km)
  • Foreign money: Bahraini dinar

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