Bahrain pledges probe into teen death during rally

AP News
Posted: Oct 07, 2011 2:22 AM
Bahrain pledges probe into teen death during rally

Bahrain has ordered an investigation into the death of a teenage boy who opposition groups claim was killed by police gunfire during an anti-government protest.

Seventeen-year-old Ahmed Jaber died late Thursday during a violent rally in the Gulf kingdom.

Opposition groups say he was shot by a police birdshot _ used for crowd control _ and a pellet entered his heart or lungs. Bahrain police say they used only tear gas and concussion grenades to respond to a violent protest in the Abu Saiba area in northern Bahrain.

A government statement on Friday says the cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest and promises a full probe.

At least 35 people have died since Bahrain's Shiite-led majority began protests in February seeking greater rights from the ruling Sunni monarchy.