Policemen hurt as roads blocked, cars set ablaze

March 16, 2013

Several policemen in Bahrain were injured on Thursday as rioters created chaos in several villages and on major roads, the interior ministry said.

The rioters “carried out acts of terror, stole and torched cars and blocked some streets inside some villages,” the ministry statement said, quoting the assistant chief of security for operations.

“Cars were burned in the middle of busy roads and a number of village streets were blocked with stones and lampposts that vandals had knocked down. Vandals also burned tyres and trash bins, spilled nails and oil on the roads, and damaged public and private property in an attempt to stop people from going to work,” the statement said.

The officer added that “terrorists attacked the police with Molotov cocktails and iron rods and detonated a number of homemade bombs that endangered the lives of the public and the police.”

“The police used restraint to restore order and all force used was necessary and proportionate. A number of policemen were injured in the process and were transferred to hospital.”

The education ministry reported that several schools were attacked simultaneously early in the morning to prevent students from attending classes.

The riots in several areas were attributed to calls to mark the second anniversary of the arrival of the Peninsula Shield, the military arm of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in Bahrain to help restore order in the wake of the events that unfolded in the country.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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