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Teen killed in protests in Bahrain

Protests marking the second anniversary of an uprising in Bahrain when security forces reportedly killed a teenager near the capitol Manama.

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Manama: Clashes and protests have broken out in about 50 areas of Bahrain, the opposition says, after a young protester was shot dead by police near the capital Manama.

The Thursday shooting came as anti-government demonstrators marked the second anniversary of a pro-reform uprising.

The 16-year-old boy was shot with birdshot in the village of Daih on the outskirts of the city, where protests erupted early in the morning, witnesses said.

Bahraini protestors carry the national flag as they run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police in Bahrain.

Bahraini protestors carry the national flag as they run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police in Bahrain. Photo: AFP

Protests continued into the evening, and at night villagers shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is great) from rooftops to symbolise resistance.

Many businesses closed their doors in response to a general strike called by the mainly Shi'ite opposition.

The grassroots protest group, the February 14 Coalition, has called for a march on Friday to Pearl Roundabout, the epicentre of anti-government demonstrations that started on February 14, 2011.

Mainstream Shi'ite, liberal and nationalist opposition groups are calling for protests in the north of the island state, a less confrontational move.

Pearl, also known as Lulu, Roundabout was forcibly cleared by security forces a month after the protest movement started. The site remains closed to the public and is heavily guarded by police.

Bahrain's Shi'ite Muslim majority has since been protesting to demand political reform and greater freedoms from the Sunni monarchy.

DPA