Policeman killed in Bahrain prison attack

Thousands of mainly Shi'ite Muslim Bahrainis are in jail on a range of charges

Policeman killed in Bahrain prison attack

File photo of Bahraini pro-democracy protesters waving signs and pictures of prisoners and people killed in three years of unrest as well as national flags during a march in Abu Saiba, west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. | Image: Hasan Jamali AP/Press Association Images

Armed men attacked a prison in Bahrain on Sunday, freeing several convicts and killing a policeman, the interior ministry said.

"An armed attack on the Jau reform and rehabilitation center resulted in the death of policeman Abdul Salam Saif and the escape of a number of inmates convicted of terrorist crimes," the ministry said in a statement.

Reuters reports that thousands of mainly Shi'ite Muslim Bahrainis are in jail on charges ranging from participating in anti-government protests to armed attacks on security forces in the Western-allied Gulf kingdom, where the US Fifth Fleet is based.