Bahraini riot policemen patrol the village of Bori
Bahraini riot policemen patrol the village of Bori in June 2012. Bahraini security forces have opened fire on protesters in the Shiite village of Sitra, wounding and later arresting a member of its municipal council, the opposition group Al-Wefaq said. © Mohammed al-Shaikh - AFP/File
Bahraini riot policemen patrol the village of Bori
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Last updated: September 10, 2012

Bahrain police shoot Shiite protester

Bahraini security forces opened fire on protesters in a Shiite village, wounding and later arresting a member of its municipal council, the opposition group Al-Wefaq said.

Police fired shotguns to disperse a "peaceful demonstration" late on Sunday in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, Al-Wefaq said, adding that Sadiq Rabie, who represents the group in the council, was hit in the back.

The opposition group said in a statement that Rabie was led away by police from a private hospital.

A picture it provided showed the right arm and shoulder of Rabie covered with bloody marks from shotgun pellets, as well as blood in his ear.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom, home to the US Fifth Fleet and strategically situated across the Gulf from Iran, has continued to witness sporadic Shiite-led demonstrations, mostly outside the capital, since it crushed a protest movement in a bloody crackdown in March of last year.

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