Policeman injured in Bahrain blast
Manama, April 12, 2014
A policeman was injured when a homemade bomb exploded near Al Razi Primary School for Boys in Daih yesterday, the Interior Ministry said.
“A terrorist act targeted the lives of policemen who were on duty in the village of Daih, using a homemade bomb that injured one security man,” the ministry said.
In the most serious attack in recent months, three policemen were killed in a bomb attack on March 3 in the same village while security forces were trying to disperse a group who were blocking roads after a funeral.
Since then, several explosions, mostly of homemade bombs, have injured at least three policemen in villages around Manama.
Meanwhile, a key political group, The Coalition of National Political Associations, headed by the National Unity Assembly (NUA), said it will continue its boycott of the talks, unless street violence ends.
The Sunni coalition announced it was pulling out of the dialogue following the Daih bombing last month that killed three policemen, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The group is still to confirm its participation in the new-look National Dialogue, as preparations enter the final stages for the resumption of crucial talks.
"Our stance remains the same, which is that we will not take part in the National Dialogue until there is an end to street violence and terrorism," said NUA secretary-general Abdulla Al Howaihi.
"Look at the streets now, it is still the same with no condemnation of violence from opposition groups or even efforts to restore calm. Clear messages should be put out to all radical groups that they should stop and this is where the role of the opposition group is key," he added.
Other groups that make up the coalition include the National Action Charter Society, Al Wasat Arab Islamic Society, National Constitutional Gathering, National Dialogue Society, Al Menbar National Islamic Society and Islamic Shura Society.
Minister of State for Information Affairs and official government spokeswoman Sameera Rajab said there would be no dialogue with "terrorists" who adopt violence.
In an interview with pan-Arab daily Ashraq Al Awsat, she said bilateral meetings continue to be held between the Royal Court and debating parties to draft an agreed agenda.
However, she said ongoing street violence would not derail a new round of talks.-TradeArabia News Service