Bahrain arrests US citizen for attack on police

March 12, 2014 - 1:33:33 am
DUBAI: Bahraini authorities arrested a US national and another individual accused of “attacking” police in a Shia village, as a bomb blast yesterday wounded two policemen in another town. 

The two Bahraini suspects, one of whom holds a US passport, were arrested on Monday after they allegedly “demonstrated and attacked a police patrol using Molotov cocktails and iron bars” in the Shia village of Maameer, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

One of them had “a petrol bomb and a bullet-proof vest in his possession,” it added. They were charged with “taking part in an unauthorised protest, rioting, and possessing petrol bombs,” said the statement. The lawyer of the suspect carrying a US passport has demanded his release, the statement said, however both “were jailed on remand”.

The interior ministry, meanwhile, announced on Twitter that two on-duty policemen were wounded when a homemade bomb exploded in a “terrorist act” in East Ekar, without providing further details.