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Torched Bank Warns Formula One Racing Into Bahrain Violence

The National Bank of Bahrain’s branch in the town of Jidhafs is boarded up after it was firebombed twice in the week before the country hosts Formula One motor-racing. Across one of the shutters, attackers spray-painted the word: “Avoid.”

Acts of violence have intensified in the run-up to the April 22 Grand Prix, the biggest international event in the island kingdom since a crackdown last year on pro-democracy protests led by the Shiite Muslim majority. Last year’s race in Bahrain was canceled due to the clashes.