* Bahrain has been rocked by unrest since last year
* Majority Shi'ites are demanding democratic change
DUBAI Oct 20 Bahrain's interior minister said
on Saturday that the country had identified several suspects in
a bomb attack on Thursday that killed one policeman and injured
another following clashes between protesters and the security
services in the U.S. ally.
The tiny Gulf Arab kingdom has been convulsed by unrest
since February last year after mass demonstrations led by
majority Shi'ites demanding democratic change in the Sunni-led
Thursday's explosion, which the government called a
"terrorist attack" and which followed clashes in a village south
of the capital, was the latest such bombing this year. Four
policemen were injured in a similar incident in May.
"We have identified a number of suspects in the case," said
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa in a
statement distributed by the government's Information Affairs
Bahraini authorities have accused Shi'ite power Iran, which
once ruled the Gulf island, of instigating the protests, a
charge Tehran has denied, and have promised a tough response to
violent demonstrations after talks with the opposition stalled.
"We won't stop at just determining who committed the crime,
but we will also determine who orchestrated the explosion and
who trained the individuals in their bomb-making skills," Al
Shi'ites complain of discrimination in the electoral system,
jobs, housing and education and say they are mistreated by
government departments, the police and the army. Government
promises of action to address their concerns have come to
nothing, they say.