DUBAI- A bomb explosion in Bahrain killed three police, including an Emirati, during confrontations with “rioters” near Manama, in the bloodiest attack on the security forces since they crushed the 2011 uprising.
Witnesses reported hearing a blast in the Shiite-populated village of Daih, on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital, as the police fired tear gas and buckshot to break up a demonstration.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly bomb attack and sent his condolences to the victims’ family, his spokesman said.
“Such acts of violence cannot be justified by any cause… He urges all Bahrainis to come together to create a conducive environment for promoting reconciliation,” the UN leader’s spokesman added.
The explosion is the most serious attack on the security forces in terms of casualties since the Shiite majority led an Arab Spring-inspired uprising in February 2011 against the Al-Khalifas.
Clashes frequently erupt near Manama between security forces and Shiite protesters demanding the Sunni ruling Al-Khalifa dynasty surrender its grip on all key cabinet posts in favour of an elected government.
On Monday, “three police personnel died in a terror blast in Daih while police were dispersing rioters,” Bahrain’s interior ministry said on Twitter.
And the interior ministry in the United Arab Emirates said an officer from its police force was among the dead.
The Shiite-dominated opposition swiftly condemned Monday’s bombing, stressing any political demands had to be voiced in a “peaceful” manner.
Emirati First Lieutenant Tariq al-Shehi died along with two members of the Bahraini police force “while performing his national duty of maintaining order,” said the UAE interior ministry.