Bahrain violence

Police and protesters have clashed in Bahrain at the funeral of the activist who was killed during the Grand Prix weekend.

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Bahraini protesters set fire to police station

Bahraini protesters have set fire to the police's headquarters with petrol bombs after a funeral march for a man killed in clashes during the Gulf Arab state's Formula One race last week.

The violence spread onto a main highway next to the station as the police attempted to intervene with tear gas and stun grenades.

The clashes, in the Manama neighbourhood of al-Bilad al-Qadeem, took place after thousands of mourners visited the grave of Salah Abbas Habib, 36, who was found dead on Saturday after disappearing during fighting between protesters and police.

Protesters and police clash in Bahrain

Bahraini protesters attacked a police station with petrol bombs on Thursday and riot police responded with teargas and stun grenades after a funeral march for a man killed in clashes during the Gulf Arab state's Formula One race last week.

A Bahraini anti-government protester runs from tear gas fired by riot police.
A Bahraini anti-government protester runs from tear gas fired by riot police. Credit: AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Petrol bombs set the police station's wall ablaze and the clashes spilled onto a main highway, holding up traffic for up to an hour, Reuters witnesses said.

Bahraini anti-government protesters throw petrol bombs at a police station
Bahraini anti-government protesters throw petrol bombs at a police station. Credit: AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

The clashes, in the Manama neighbourhood of al-Bilad al-Qadeem, took place after thousands of mourners visited the grave of Salah Abbas Habib, 36, who was found dead on Saturday after disappearing during fighting between protesters and police.

A Bahraini anti-government protester kicks away a tear gas canister fired by riot police.
A Bahraini anti-government protester kicks away a tear gas canister fired by riot police. Credit: AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

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Bahrain protester 'killed by birdshot wounds'

A Bahraini protester found dead on a rooftop after clashes with police during the Formula One Grand Prix at the weekend was apparently killed by birdshot rounds and his body bore several bruises, his brother has said.

Salah Abbas Habib, 36, was buried on Monday after a funeral reportedly attended by about 15,000 people.

After the ceremony, hundreds of protesters threw petrol bombs and stones at a police station in the district of al-Bilad al-Qadeem in the capital Manama.

Police fired teargas and sound grenades.

Channel 4 confirm team have been released in Bahrain

Channel 4's Head of Communications Amy Lawson has tweeted that their team in Bahrain have all been released after they were arrested in the island kingdom.

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Can confirm C4N team now on a plane,Dr Al'aa Shehabi & driver Ali also released.Thanks to all who spread the word about the arrest #Bahrain

Channel Four news crew released

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I've been released with my crew. Breakneck drive to Bahrain airport in police van. Being deported now.

Channel 4 News Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been released from custody in Bahrain, having been arrested earlier today for filming without accreditation.

The crew expressed concerns for their driver and a local activist who was arrested with them.

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My driver and dr Ala'a shebahi, the activist I was with during police chase are still in detention. We are assured they will be freed soon

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Concerns for Channel 4 news crew

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Very concerned about detention of Channel 4 journalists in #Bahrain. Our Embassy is seeking urgent consular access

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said the British Embassy are seeking access to the Channel 4 news team currently being held in Bahrain.

The Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Khalid Alkhalifa, criticised the crew for working without accreditation.

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Channel 4 news crew admit to working without accreditation .. Not acceptable . Laws of the land should be respected http://t.co/durwh95g

Channel 4 News crew arrested in Bahrain

Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested while reporting from Bahrain.

The news crew are believed to be unharmed, but concerns were raised about the welfare of their local driver.

He was arrested and assaulted in front of the team, and appeared to be bleeding from cuts to his arms.

A Channel 4 News spokesman said: "Our primary concern is for the safety of the team, and we are working with the appropriate authorities to secure a swift release.

"We are also working hard to establish the whereabouts of the driver who was assaulted and separated from the group."

Bahrain Government: Cancelling race would have 'empowered extremists'

As in the words of the Crown Prince, to have cancelled the race this year would have only empowered extremists, so we've seen the race start about 25 minutes ago without a hitch and we hope to have a successful race this year.

Well actually we've always said that there were going to be pockets of violence around the country. We've had endorsement from the main Shia opposition party, who think also that the race was vital to Bahrain's economy and a forum for people to come together. Whether it was music or sport, I think these are great forums for people to sit side by side

– Sheikh Abdulaziz, a spokesman for the Government speaking to BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend
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