Deadly Blast in Bahrain

Deadly Blast in BahrainDeadly Blast in Bahrain

An explosion in Bahrain killed one police officer and wounded seven others, among them a child, according to the country's interior ministry. No group claimed responsibility for the blast.

The attack occurred west of the capital, Manama, in the predominantly Shia village of Karanah, the ministry said late on Friday, Al Jazeera reported. The explosion, described by the ministry as a "terrorist blast," wounded four policemen as well as a married couple and their child. One of the officers was injured seriously, according to Isa Abdulrahman al-Hammadi, Bahrain's Information Minister.

In July, a bombing killed two police officers in Sitra, south of Manama. Police investigators later said five suspects were arrested for that Sitra attack, with Major-General Tariq al-Hasan.

Bahrain faced unrest during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, when a large number of Shias and some Sunnis demanded political and economic reforms in the country.

Since then, there have been recurrent protests among the country's Shia majority demanding greater political rights from the monarchy. The unrest has been accompanied by a growing number of bomb attacks.

The blast in Manama comes as some Persian Gulf Arab states have become the target of bombing attacks in the past few months, claimed by Islamic State extremists.

Earlier this month, a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people in an attack on a mosque in southwest Saudi Arabia. In May, IS suicide bombers killed dozens in attacks on two Shia mosques in the kingdom in the space of one week.

Another bombing claimed by IS on a Shia mosque in Kuwait killed 27 people in June.