A court jailed nine Bahrainis for life on Monday for forming a militant group, manufacturing explosives and plotting attacks aimed at destabilizing the kingdom, state news agency BNA reported, Reuters reported.
The trial was the latest in a series involving alleged anti-government activists in the Persian Gulf Arab state, still beset by political tensions more than two years after security forces quelled pro-democracy protests.
BNA said the convicted men had turned a Manama warehouse into a bomb factory, where they had prepared explosives to attack security forces, civilians and private and public property "with the aim of undermining the stability of the country and harming its economic foundations".
Meanwhile, anti-regime protesters in Bahrain have taken to the streets to show their solidarity with political activists jailed by the Al Khalifa regime, Press TV reported.
The protests took place in different parts of the country, including Eker, al-Qaryyah and the northeastern island of Sitra on Sunday night, with demonstrators chanting slogans against Al Khalifa.
The protests come in the wake of a fresh regime crackdown on anti-government politicians and activists.
The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011. Protesters initially called for political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
Scores have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising began in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
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