Blast kills Bahrain policeman during uprising protests
DUBAI (AFP) - A Bahraini policeman died of wounds sustained in a bomb blast during protests marking the anniversary of a crushed 2011 uprising as supporters of the main Shiite opposition bloc took to the streets on Saturday.
Thousands of demonstrators were expected to join the anniversary rally called by the opposition Al-Wefaq movement to press its campaign for a constitutional monarchy in the Sunni minority-ruled Gulf kingdom.
The policeman died from wounds sustained in a "terrorist explosion" in the Shiite village of Dair late on Friday, the interior ministry said.
It was the second reported blast during three days of protests commemorating the month-long Arab Spring-inspired uprising which was bloodily suppressed by Saudi-backed troops three years ago.