Blast targets police bus in Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain — An explosion rocked a bus carrying police in Bahrain on Friday, while security forces used tear gas in clashes with antigovernment protesters on the third anniversary of an uprising in the small Gulf island nation.

Efforts to restart on-and-off reconciliation talks between the Shi’ite-dominated opposition and the Sunni monarchy and its allies have so far failed to bring an end to simmering unrest in the country, an American ally that hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

Activists frequently clash with police in the mainly Shi’ite villages just beyond the modern skyscrapers and shopping malls of the capital, Manama. Tensions intensified as the anniversary of the Arab Spring-inspired uprising approached, with government forces tightening security and activists blocking roads to Shi’ite communities with oil slicks and smoldering debris.

Associated Press