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'Regime gunmen' kill Bahrain protester: Opposition

Bahrain's Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq accuses the "regime militants" of killing a 22-year-old protester near Manama

AFP , Saturday 31 Mar 2012
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Gunmen killed a 22-year-old protester near the Bahraini capital early on Saturday, said the main Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq, blaming militants loyal to the regime.

Ahmad Ismail Hassan was wounded in the stomach when men in civilian clothing fired on protesters calling for "democracy and an end to dictatorship" in Salmabad, on the southern outskirts of Manama, Al-Wefaq said in a statement.

Doctors were unable to save him, it said, adding that "regime militants" carried out the shooting.

The interior ministry said in a statement that the autopsy showed the bullet was not fired by Barhaini forces.

"The first results of the inquiry do not enable us to identify those responsible for the gunfire," it added.

Al-Wefaq's accusation came a week after the group said that a man and a woman died of asphyxiation caused by tear gas grenades fired by Bahrain's security forces to disperse protests in Shiite villages.

On Thursday, hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations in Manama demanding action over the "excessive" use of tear gas against demonstrators.

Bahraini police regularly clash with demonstrators who take to the streets in Shiite villages despite a brutal crackdown last year on a month-long protest that demanded democratic change in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.

According to an independent probe, 35 people were killed in the unrest between mid-February and mid-March 2011.

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Ahmed - Citizens for Bahrain
01-04-2012 12:47pm
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Condemnation for killing of Bahraini protester
Citizens for Bahrain utterly condemns the senseless killing of Ahmed Ismail during a protest march. Reports suggest Ahmed may have been killed by gunmen in an unmarked car; we welcome the authorities following up this case and hope to see those responsible put on trial. Such a killing is inexcusable and is a frightening indication of the levels of radicalisation of extremist elements within our society. When individuals respond to violence with further violence, then the consequences of such a senseless cycle of retaliation could be inestimable for our country. We call on all sides to abandon their attempts to achieve political aims through violence and taking to the streets and commit to dialogue for the sake of Bahrain and in order to prevent further bloodshed and further deterioration in relations between our communities.
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