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Bahrain jails 10 over police attack

Defendants handed sentences between three years and life for terror plots, attacks, detonating explosives

Bahrain jails 10 over police attack

Bahrain on Tuesday sentenced 10 people to prison sentences of between three years and life for attacking police during a protest, the prosecution said.

The defendants were found guilty of involvement in terrorism plots and detonating explosives, the Public Prosecution announced on its Twitter and Instagram feed.

The defendants were said to lure police to the Shi’ite village of Akr, south of Manama, in April 2014 and remotely detonate a roadside bomb when the patrol passed by.

The site was close to the Applied Science University, and the blast reportedly damaged three vehicles belonging to students and killed a stray dog.

Two of the defendants were cousins aged 25 and 30. They were found guilty of attempted murder, being part of a terrorist cell and making homemade explosives, and were jailed for life by the High Criminal Court on Tuesday, the prosecution said.

Two teenagers were convicted of the same charges, local media added, but were jailed for three years due to their age.

The remaining defendants were jailed for between three and 15 years.

Bahrain has suffered civil unrest since it quashed a month-long Shi’ite uprising demanding reforms back in 2011.