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Bahrain - Attack (July 28, 2015)

France condemns this morning’s attack in southern Manama that took the lives of two police officers and injured six others.

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The smallest of the Arab countries (surface area equivalent to that of Singapore) and independent since 15 August 1971, the Emirate of Bahrain, a former British protectorate, became a kingdom on 14 February 2002. It sits under the authority of King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, who succeeded his father on 6 March 1999.

The Kingdom, ruled by a Sunni family, is the only majority Chiite state on the Arabian Peninsula. It is generally thought that the Chiites account for three quarters of the 529,446 Bahraini nationals (amongst a total resident population of 1,110,000 inhabitants).

- See the website of the French Embassy to the Kingdom of Bahrain

Updated on 01.11.10



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