Government: Bomb wounds 5 policemen in Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Authorities say a bomb blast has wounded at least five policemen in the restive Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.

The Interior Ministry on its official Twitter feed said the homemade bomb went off Saturday evening in the al-Diar area on the island of Muharraq, northeast of the capital, Manama.

Authorities are describing the bomb attack as “an act of terror,” and say two of the wounded policemen suffered serious injuries but are in stable condition.

There has been an increase in attacks in recent weeks targeting security personnel and government institutions in Bahrain, including some using bombs made with natural gas canisters.

The island nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, has been gripped by unrest since February 2011 when the country’s Shiites began an uprising.

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