2/13/2013

Explosion hits Bahrain shopping center

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The blast went off in a busy shopping mall on Tuesday, leaving no casualties. The explosion, however, shattered the windows of the shops and forced the people to evacuate the location, Interior Ministry sources said.

"A domestic terror act of remotely detonated explosion targeted lives at a shopping center in Isa Town that led to limited damages," the Interior Ministry confirmed.

The incident coincided with anti-regime protests in the capital, Manama, where the demonstrators took to the streets to mark the second anniversary of the popular uprising in the Persian Gulf state.

Meanwhile, the coalition of Bahrain’s opposition groups urged Bahrainis to go on strike and take to the streets on Thursday and march to the site of the iconic Pearl Square, the former epicenter of Bahrain's revolution, on Friday.

They also urged the opponents of the regime to boycott shopping malls and banks in order to paralyze the economy.

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its crackdown on popular protests.