40 injured as Bahrain authorities crush prison riot with stun grenades and tear gas
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - The Bahraini authorities crushed a prison riot on Friday, leaving at least 40 injured after they fired stun grenades and tear gas, rights groups said.
Prisoners called their families from inside the prison to alert them to the crackdown, Mr Sayed al-Muhafada of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights said.
The rioting occurred in Bahrain's Dry Dock prison on the island of Muharraq, north-east of the capital, Manama, the group said in a statement, adding that the ward at the centre of the revolt houses many anti-government activists and human-rights defenders waiting to be tried on terrorism charges.
The Interior Ministry announced that order had been restored following the riots, saying on their official Twitter feed that prisoners had tried to "break the doors and police interfered and restored order".