Bahrain: Bomb blasts in capital Manama kill two foreign workers


A Bahraini Shiite protester is detained by riot police during an anti-government demonstration in the centre of the capital Manama on September 21, 2012.



Bomb blasts in Bahrain's capital Manama have killed two foreign workers.

Explosions from five home-made bombs on Monday killed two street cleaners, described by the Bahraini interior ministry as Asian, Reuters reported. A third worker was seriously injured.

Bahrain's state-run news agency described the explosions as "terrorist acts," Reuters said.

One of the men died when he kicked a device on the ground, the BBC reported. Police urged residents of Bahrain not to touch strange objects.

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Reuters said that while police have been targeted by explosions several times this year, bombs targeting civilians are rare in Bahrain.

Bahrain last week banned all protests and public gatherings amid escalating violence between demonstrators and police.

The Gulf kingdom is the scene of ongoing unrest between the ruling Sunni Muslim royal family and the mostly Shiite-led opposition.

Anti-government unrest in Bahrain began in tandem with the Arab Spring, and has continued despite efforts by the country's leaders to downplay the crisis.

A strategically located Gulf nation, Bahrain hosts the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

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