DUBAI Oct 7 A Bahraini teenager was killed
during clashes with police on Thursday night, opposition
activists said, and the government of the restive Gulf Arab
state said it was investigating the cause of death.
The island's Shi'ite majority are demanding more political
rights and an end to discrimination from the monarchy, which put
down a pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Many Shi'ite
areas are witnessing almost nightly clashes with police.
Ahmed Jaber died from severe respiratory and blood flow
problems after he was received in hospital, an Interior Ministry
statement said, without saying what caused this.
The government's Information Affairs Authority said the area
where Jaber was from, Abu Saiba, west of Manama, saw clashes
that evening. It said youths blocked roads and set fire to
rubbish bins and police fired tear gas and sound grenades when
they were attacked with rocks and petrol bombs.
It said prosecutors were investigating the case.
Shi'ite activists said Jaber, who they said was 16 years
old, died from bird-shot pellets and distributed a photo of his
body in a morgue.
"(He) was shot by the security forces at close proximity
during a protest with the pellet shotgun, which seems to have
penetrated his heart and/or lung and caused his death," said
Maryam Al-Khawaja of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR)
in a statement.
Around 30 people, mainly Shi'ites, died when the protest
movement erupted in February but ongoing clashes and deaths in
police custody have taken the total to over 40, the BCHR says.
(Writing by Andrew Hammond)