Riot police disperse protesters in the village of Daih, west of Bahrain's capital Manama, February 22, 2013
Riot police disperse protesters during a demonstration against the killing of a Shiite protester during clashes with Bahraini police, on February 22, 2013 in the village of Daih, west of the capital Manama. A Bahraini court jailed on Sunday three Shiite Muslims for 10 years each after convicting them of attempting to kill police officers during anti-government protests in February, lawyers said. © Mohammed al-Shaikh - AFP/File
Riot police disperse protesters in the village of Daih, west of Bahrain's capital Manama, February 22, 2013
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Last updated: September 15, 2013

Bahrain jails 3 Shiites for trying to kill police

A Bahraini court jailed on Sunday three Shiite Muslims for 10 years each after convicting them of attempting to kill police officers during anti-government protests, lawyers said.

The trio, Jaafar Ali, Hussain Mansur and Mustafa Abdulkarim, had been charged of attempting to kill three policemen "with premeditation" on February 16, in the Shiite village of Karzakan, southwest of Manama.

The public prosecution had also accused the men of "possessing homemade shotguns, as well as employing violence against police, and participating in an unauthorised protest."

They opened fire on police as security forces were dispersing a protest in the Shiite village, the prosecution said.

Bahrain, a Gulf kingdom ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, was rocked by Shiite-dominated demonstrations in February and March 2011.

Home to the US Fifth Fleet and strategically situated across the Gulf from Iran, Bahrain still sees sporadic Shiite-led demonstrations, mostly outside the capital Manama.

According to the International Federation for Human Rights, around 80 people have been killed in Bahrain since the violence first broke out in 2011.

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