February 17, 2011 / 5:23 PM / 9 years ago

Bahrain pulled back from "sectarian abyss" - formin

MANAMA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Police action was necessary to pull Bahrain back from the “brink of a sectarian abyss,” the Gulf Arab state’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said on Thursday.

Three people were killed and 231 wounded when police attacked anti-government protesters. The clashes came after thousands of overwhelmingly Shi’ite protesters took to Bahrain’s streets demanding more say in the running of the kingdom.

Reporting by Frederik Richter; Writing by Amran Abocar; Editing by Ralph Boulton

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