Bahraini police and anti-government protesters clashed in Shiite villages, leaving dozens of officers and several demonstrators injured, officials and the opposition said Wednesday, Jan 25.
The interior ministry accused protesters of “orchestrated attacks on police forces… across the kingdom” that caused “significant injuries” to 41 officers, two of them requiring “critical care” atBahrain’s military hospital.
An opposition figure said protesters clashed with security forces in at least four Shiite villages, leaving several of them injured, including one seriously after being hit on the head with a tear gas canister.
Earlier, Public Security Chief Major General Tariq al-Hassan said that “vandals blocked roads” and threw petrol bombs during the clashes on Tuesday night.
Hassan, who was quoted by the official BNA news agency website, said security forces had made “several arrests” in Shiite villages, but gave no further details.
Former opposition MP and Wefaq member Matar Matar, who gave the civilian injury toll, said two protesters have been killed in recent months from tear gas injuries to the head, AFP reported.