Bahrain opposition leader injured in protest

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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:49 PM
Bahrain opposition leader injured in protest

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's main opposition bloc says riot police firing rubber bullets have injured the head of the Shiite majority's main political bloc while trying to break up protests in the country's capital.

A statement from Al Wefaq says the organization's secretary-general Sheik Ali Salman was shot in the shoulder and back during demonstrations in Manama, which are common following Friday prayers. It did not say how seriously he was injured.

The statement said Hassan al-Marzooq, another opposition leader, was shot and wounded in the chest. It said he was still bleeding.

Bahrain has experienced near daily protests for 16 months caused by an uprising by the kingdom's Shiite majority seeking greater political rights from the Western-backed Sunni monarchy.