Information Affairs Authority, Manama, 18 August 2012: Officials announced the death of a Bahraini youth after a violent attack on police on Friday night. The General Director of the Muharraq Governorate Police stated that an on-duty static police patrol assigned to secure the busy Khalifa Al Khabeer road in a crowded commercial area of Muharraq was targeted at 9:30 PM resulting in the death of one of the participants.
According to authorities, terrorists launched petrol bombs at close range, forcing the police to take the necessary actions to defend themselves and innocent bystanders from the potentially lethal attack. A police jeep and private and public property were damaged during the melee that spread panic among citizens and residents in the vicinity.
The General Director noted that despite warning shots by the police the attack continued; so security personnel dealt with the case according to its legal authority. 16 year old Hussam Al-Haddad has been identified as being involved in the terror act, at which time when he was injured. He died after being transported to the hospital.
The incident is the latest in a string of attacks on security personnel with the express intention of severely injuring or killing members of the police force. A spokesman for the Government noted that the Ministry of Interior (MOI) is obliged to maintain law and order among all citizens and residents in the Kingdom, and has been undergoing training and showing great restraint in doing so.
An investigation into the incident has been launched and the Public Prosecution notified.