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Bahraini Shiite Group Blames Government for Death of Protester

Bahrain’s largest Shiite political group, Al-Wefaq, blamed militiamen loyal to the regime for the weekend death of a 22-year-old anti-government protester.

Ahmed Ismael Abdulsamad was shot in the right thigh before dawn yesterday as he filmed a protest in the Shiite village of Salmabad that plainclothes security forces tried to break up with tear gas and rubber bullets, Al-Wefaq said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. It said one of several “militiamen” accompanying security forces fired live bullets at the protesters from a civilian car, hitting Abdulsamad.