By Sarah Townsend
A total of 31 men have reportedly been sent to prison for attack which left three cops seriously injured
Thirty-one men have reportedly been sentenced to jail for a violent attack on police that left three officers seriously injured.
The attack took place on Bahrain’s Budaiya Highway, near Duraz, on July 23 2013.
The Gulf Daily News reported that the mob torched tyres on the highway and when police arrived to clear the busy road they were pelted with Molotov cocktails, handmade shotguns and metal bars.
Six attackers armed with homemade shotguns then fired on police from an alleyway, seriously injuring three officers including one who was hit in the head.
The six who fired shotguns were convicted of attempted murder, possessing ammunition and making unlicensed firearms, and sentenced to 15 years in jail on Monday.
Twenty-four of the defendants were sentenced to 10 years in jail for aiding and abetting the attack.
A 17-year-old boy who was also among the rioters was handed a reduced prison sentence of five years because he is aged below 18.
“The defendants planned to kill policemen in Duraz by firing shotguns at them,” stated the court verdict, according to Gulf Daily News.
“The six defendants armed with homemade shotguns hid in an alleyway in the village during riots staged by a mob of 400 men.
“Twenty-five of their co-defendants then set tyres ablaze to lure officers to Budaiya Highway."
All of the defendants were found guilty of arson, possessing firebombs and rioting.
However, only three of the defendants attended court yesterday.