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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 23:02 GMT 00:02 UK
Explosion hits Bahraini capital
A locally-made sound bomb exploded and a second one was defused in the capital of Bahrain, officials say.

No-one was injured in the blast at around 2130 (1830GMT) in the upscale al-Adliyah district of Manama.

The Interior Ministry said the bomb was made in a steel pipe and left in an empty street. Investigating officers found a second bomb and defused it.

Tensions have risen recently in the Gulf state between the majority Shias and the Sunni-dominated government.

Occasional demonstrations by Shia Muslim youths demanding greater civil rights have led to confrontations with Bahraini security forces.


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