Bombing kills a Bahraini policeman, official says

APTOPIX Mideast Bahrain
APTOPIX Mideast Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Bahraini authorities say a bombing has killed a police officer in the strategic Gulf island kingdom.

Officer Mahmood Fareed died Saturday of wounds sustained in the blast, which occurred the day before in the village of Eker, south of the capital, Manama, according to public security chief Maj. Gen. Tariq al-Hassan.

He said police are investigating the attack.

Bahrain is a small, Western-allied island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. It continues to face low-level unrest more than three years after a Shiite-dominated opposition movement inspired by the Arab Spring protests took to the streets to demand greater political rights from the Sunni monarchy.

Some radical anti-government activists occasionally carry out relatively small bomb attacks against police, sometimes with deadly effect.