Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bahraini woman dies of gunshot wound: opposition - 22nd Mar 2011

MANAMA (Reuters) - A Bahraini woman has died after suffering gunshot wounds to the head and disappearing the day security forces launched a crackdown against protesters, the main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group Wefaq said on Tuesday.

Wefaq said the funeral of Bahiya al-Aradi would be held later on Tuesday.

Wefaq said the exact circumstances of how she came to be shot were not clear, but she had apparently been driving her car in the west of the capital Manama.

Officials were not immediately available for comment.

Aradi's death brings to seven the number of Bahraini civilians confirmed to have been killed since Wednesday's crackdown. Four police were also killed last week and local newspapers say two foreign workers, an Indian and a Bangladeshi, also died as sectarian clashes spread in recent weeks.

That brings to 20 the total number of deaths since the start of protests more than a month ago.

Bahrain forces ended on Wednesday an uprising by mostly Shi'ite protestors that had prompted the king to impose martial law and call in troops from fellow Sunni-ruled neighbors.

The ferocity of the crackdown, in which forces fanned out across Bahrain, imposed a curfew and banned all public gatherings and marches, has stunned Bahrain's majority Shi'ites.

Wefaq says almost 100 people remain missing, and believe they have either been arrested, hospitalized or killed or are hiding from security forces. Read More

NOTE: Why is the UN not doing anything about this?, video below shows another woman shot on the 17th March 2011