Bomb blast kills policeman in Bahrain / Pics

A bomb attack in a Shiite village in Bahrain has killed a policeman and wounded two others, the interior ministry in the Gulf kingdom said on Monday.

The attack late Sunday occurred in Diraz, west of the capital Manama, the ministry said on its Twitter account.

Witnesses said they heard a loud blast near the home of revered Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, where five people were killed last month when security forces opened fire to disperse a sit-in.

Police blocked all entries into the village after the bombing, witnesses said, adding security forces have been maintaining a cordon around Sheikh Qassim's house since the protest dispersal.

Sheikh Isa Qassim is considered to be the spiritual leader of Bahrain's majority Shiite community.

A court last year stripped him of his citizenship, sparking repeated sit-ins outside his residence in Diraz.

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