World Bulletin/News Desk
Anti-government demonstrators throwing petrol bombs clashed with police who fired tear gas and birdshot in Bahrain on Thursday following a funeral procession in a Shi'ite Muslim village south of the capital Manama, witnesses said.
Thursday's violence in the village of al-Eker outside the capital Manama came ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix, an annual event that draws international attention to Bahrain.
The 2011 turmoil forced the cancellation of the race, but the event went ahead in 2012 and 2013, despite continuing unrest. This year's race is due to take place on April 4-6.
Witnesses said that more than 100 young men, some throwing petrol bombs, skirmished with the police after the funeral of Hussein Sharaf, a Bahraini who died on Tuesday in a fire at his home. Police used tear gas and birdshot to disperse the crowd.
The witnesses also said that the sounds of several explosions were heard in al-Eker following the funeral, but there was no immediate explanation for that.
Police had no immediate comment on the incidents.
The kingdom, home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, quelled the uprising in 2011 with help from forces from neighbouring Sunni power Saudi Arabia.
But intermittent protests have continued and security forces have come under attack from home-made bombs. One of three blasts last month killed three policemen, including one from the United Arab Emirates.
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