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Fri 19 Oct 2012 12:14 PM

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Bahraini police officer killed in bomb terror

Another policeman injured after 'terrorist operation' south of capital city Manama

Bahraini police officer killed in bomb terror
(AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

A home-made bomb killed one Bahraini policeman and injured another on Thursday evening in Akr, south of the capital Manama, the Gulf Arab kingdom's interior ministry said on Friday.

Bahrain, home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, has been volatile since its Shi'ite majority began protests last year and were stopped by Sunni Muslim rulers, using martial law and help from Gulf neighbours.

The ministry described the attack as a "terrorist" bombing. Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Bahraini police have been the target of such bombings several times in the past year. The last such attack took place May, when four policemen were wounded.

Shi'ites complain of discrimination in the electoral system, jobs, housing, education and by government departments, including the police and army. They say government assertions that it is addressing those concerns have produced no action.

A commission of international legal experts reported in November that torture had been systematically used on protesters to punish and extract hundreds of confessions. Among its many recommendations were reviewing activists' jail sentences.

Bahraini authorities accuse regional Shi'ite power Iran of encouraging the unrest and have vowed a tough response to violent protests as talks with the opposition have stalled.

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HumptyDumpty 7 years ago

I know it is a small point, but this is technically an assassination, or an insurrection, not a terrorist incident. The key difference is that the target is a policeman as an officer of the state. Therefore it is,not an act of terrorism, which is, by definition, an assault on the public at large. This obscuring of the language is of course the Americans fault, but not one everyone should follow.