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Bahrain Raid on Shiite Cleric's Town: 5 Killed, 286 Arrested

Bahraini forces killed 5 and arrested 286 in a raid on the hometown of Shiite Sheikh Isa Qassim

Bahraini forces killed 5 and arrested 286 in a raid on the hometown of Shiite Sheikh Isa Qassim

Associated Press

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahraini police raid on the hometown of a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation has left at least five demonstrators dead and 286 people arrested in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters.

The Interior Ministry said the operation on Tuesday targeting Diraz, home to Sheikh Isa Qassim and a long-running sit-in supporting him, was to "maintain security and public order." It called the area a "haven for wanted fugitives from justice."