Bahrain arrests 4 Shi’ite activists amid clashes

The 4 are suspected of setting up a network aimed at destabilising Bahrain.

Cairo: A Bahraini security official says four leading Shi’ite activists have been arrested as the kingdom`s Sunni leaders try to end violent confrontations between Shi’ite protesters and anti-riot police.

The Persian Gulf island nation, home to the US Navy`s Fifth Fleet, has experienced daily clashes involving Shi’ite protesters who accuse the government of discrimination.

The security official says Sunday’s arrests were of three top activists of the opposition HAQ Movement for Liberty and Democracy and the Islamic Wafa group. He says they are accused of harming stability.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief journalists.

Shi’ites are a majority in Bahrain, but the oil-rich nation is ruled by a Sunni royal family.


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