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Teenager killed as Bahrain marks uprising anniversary

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Protesters set a junked car on fire in Qadam village, north of the Bahraini capital Manama, on Feb. 14, 2013, the second anniversary of the start of a pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom.

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Wounded anti-government protesters are treated at a house after being shot with pellets fired by riot police during clashes in Daih on Feb. 14, 2013. Protests began at daybreak in opposition areas nationwide as protesters attempted to return to the well-barricaded main site of the uprising.

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A protester gestures toward riot police during clashes in Daih on Feb. 14, 2013.

Reuters reports — A Bahraini teenager was killed by security forces on Thursday, an opposition website reported, as activists demonstrated on the second anniversary of an uprising demanding democratic reforms in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state.

The protests could mar reconciliation talks that began on Sunday between mostly Shiite Muslim opposition groups and the Sunni-dominated government to try to end two years of political deadlock in the island kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

Mass protests that erupted in the island state in February 2011 at the height of the Arab Spring were crushed, but small demonstrations continue on an almost daily basis demanding greater rights for Bahrain's Shiite majority and an end to the absolute power of the Sunni ruling family.

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Protesters march in Barbar village, north of Manama, on Feb. 14, 2013.

The website of the main opposition group Wefaq said a young man identified as Ali Ahmed Ibrahim al-Jazeeri had died in the village of Diya near Manama in an area mostly inhabited by Shiites. It said Jazeeri, born in 1996, had been shot by security forces using exploding bullets, banned internationally.

Dozens of people were also hurt in the violence, some by tear gas and other more seriously, it said.

The government's information department said a 16-year-old boy had been brought to the Salmaniya Medical Complex in the capital Manama and had been pronounced dead on arrival.

"The cause of death is as yet unknown. The case has been referred to the public prosecution and a thorough investigation is being conducted," it said in a statement, urging people to remain calm and "not to spread unfounded rumors". Read the full story.


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Protesters clash with police in Daih on Feb. 14, 2013.