One police officer was killed and two injured when he stepped on a land mine in Dirashe, hometown of spiritual leader of the Bahraini Shia Ayatollah Issa Kassem. Authorities reported that we are talking about the attack.
May 21, Kassem was sentenced to 21 years in prison for subversive activities. This caused a wave of Shia unrest, the centre of which was DIRIS. Here killed five of the demonstrators, about 80 were injured.
Since then, the city is under siege. Curfew on the streets – reinforced patrols.
In 2016, Sheikh Kassem was deprived of the citizenship of Bahrain. His supporters say his fate is not known, despite the rumors about a possible deportation to Turkey.
Bahrain — a key U.S. ally in the region. Most of its population is Shiite, but the ruling elite is Sunni. Unrest began in the country in 2011, have been suppressed only through military intervention by Saudi Arabia.