(Adds details, name of dead youth, background)
DUBAI Feb 14 A Bahraini teenager was killed by
security forces on Thursday, an opposition website reported, as
activists demonstrated on the second anniversary of an uprising
demanding democratic reforms in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state.
The protests could mar reconciliation talks which began last
week between opposition groups and the government and its
loyalists in a bid to end two years of political deadlock.
The website of the main opposition group Wefaq said a young
man identified as Ali Ahmed Ibrahim al-Jazeeri died from what it
called internationally banned exploding bullets in the village
of Diya near the capital Manama. It said the victim was born in
1996. It gave no further details on the incident.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement on its Twitter
account that a death had occurred but gave no details of the
incident. It said the police operations room had been notified
by Salmaniya Hospital that one person had been "brought in with
injuries, but it turned out he had later died".
The ministry said rioters had blocked a number of roads and
security forces were seeking to restore order.
Witnesses reported that many roads connecting villages
around Manama had been blocked, while schools for Westerners
remained closed for fear of violence.
The island state is home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet.
Protests that began in early 2011 were crushed but
demonstrators have continued small protests on an almost daily
basis demanding the Sunni ruling family call elections and
create a constitutional monarchy.
(Writing by Sami Aboudi, editing by William Maclean and Janet