Bahrain detains 3 activists near tense village

October 21, 2012 - 10:33 AM
Mideast Bahrain

Bahrainis shout anti-government slogans during a pro-democracy march on the outskirts of Manama, Bahrain, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Thousands demanded democracy and freedom for jailed political prisoners during the march, organized by several opposition societies. The Arabic on the sign at right reads, "baby Khawla crying, 'Where is my doctor?'" with a picture of jailed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ali al-Ekri. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Authorities in Bahrain have detained the daughter of a jailed opposition leader and two other activists seeking to enter a village under a security clampdown following a bombing last week that killed a policeman.

Police took Zainab al-Khawaja and the two others into custody outside Eker, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Manama, where authorities say a homemade explosive was detonated late Thursday. The policeman died the following day.

An Associated Press photographer witnessed the detentions Sunday.

Al-Khawaja's father, Abdulhadi, is among eight opposition figures convicted of anti-state crimes last year and sentenced to life imprisonment. Bahrain's majority Shiites have led an uprising seeking a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.

Authorities have said seven suspects have been arrested for last week's blast.