Bahrain launches criminal investigation against main opposition group

February 17, 2015 1:02 PM

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MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain has opened a criminal investigation of the country's main opposition group, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, accusing the al-Wefaq group of trying to undermine national security.

Bahrain, a Western-allied kingdom and the base for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has been gripped by tension since security forces quelled protests by Shi'ite Muslims in 2011. The Shi'ites, who form a majority in the country, are demanding reforms and a better share in government.

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