Bahrain prosecutor: Shot gun fire killed teen

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Posted: Aug 20, 2012 2:50 PM
Bahrain prosecutor: Shot gun fire killed teen

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's public prosecutor's office says shotgun pellets caused the death of a 16-year-old youth last week in an incident that has sharply raised tensions in the Gulf kingdom.

Shiite-led protest groups accuse security forces of abuses in the death of the Husam al-Hadad. The island nation's Western-backed Sunni monarchy has promised an investigation.

More than 50 people have died in Bahrain's unrest since clashes began in February 2011 between government forces and majority Shiites seeking a greater voice in the nation's affairs.

Monday's statement by public prosecutor spokesman Nawaf Hamza says the boy died of injuries from shotgun fire. It said a probe is in progress.

Bird shot is often used by Bahrain's security forces.