Bahraini Shi’ites clash with police

Demonstrates protests in capital Manama against killing of Ahmad Ismail Hassan
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A Bahraini man died on Saturday after being shot during an anti-government march a day earlier, his relative and the opposition said, blaming his death on what they described as loyalist militia members. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The government's media arm, known as the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority, confirmed that Ahmed Ismail, 22, bled to death after being shot on Friday. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Mohammed bu Daniel said his cousin was taking pictures of a demonstration when what he described as "militia members" in an unmarked car opened fire on him. "They took him to Salmaniya hospital and he was martyred there at 4:30."(AFP/Getty Images)
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Al-Wefaq, Bahrain's main opposition party said: "The details as related by witnesses and family indicate that the martyr Ahmed was near the main road with a camera in hand for documentation. Civilian police patrols were present and there were armed militias with them... One of the people in one of the cars fired live rounds into the protesters and into the air." (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bahrain, where the Sunni Muslim Al Khalifa family dominates political and economic life, has been bitterly divided since authorities quelled a mainly Shiite pro-democracy uprising last March. A year on, protests still flare daily in Shiite areas, often ending in violence.(AFP/Getty Images)
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The IAA said the case would be investigated as murder, after hearing from people close to the victim that the shots had been fired by men in an unmarked vehicle. (AFP/Getty Images)
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"The cause of death according to the medical examiner was critical bleeding due to the wound that had penetrated the upper right thigh, severing the main blood vessel and exiting the other side," it said in a statement. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Gulf state is keen to show it is making progress on reforms it pledged to implement following international criticism of its crackdown on demonstrations, during which at least 1,000 people were detained and several died under torture, by Bahrain's own admission. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Protesters have called for curbs on the ruling family's power and an end to sectarian discrimination. A few Shiite groups also called for the monarchy to be replaced with a republic. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bahrain's rulers, who invited troops from Sunni monarchies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help quash the uprising, have accused Shiite neighbor Iran of fomenting unrest. Iran denies this. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Opposition parties say government reform promises are little more than window-dressing to impress Western allies. Bahrain is due to host the Formula One grand prix in April. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, an activist serving a life sentence for his role in the protests, was taken to hospital on Friday, having been on hunger strike for over one month, his lawyer said. (AFP/Getty Images)