Young Man Severely Injured By Direct Shot to the Face; Excessive Force During Arrests Continues in Bahrain
10 Dec 2012
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights is appalled by the growing brutality shown by the authorities in Bahrain as Security Forces have displayed an increasing amount of excessive force during recent arrests.
On the 4th of December, 2012, 19 year-old Aqeel Abdulmuhsen was almost killed after he was shot in his face and arms from a very close range. The Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the shooting happened as part of arrest attempt, although the authorities allege that the use of force was in self-defense. The Ministry did not specify whether Aqeel was the intended target, or if it was a person accompanying him.
Witnesses accounts state that Aqeel and one of his friends were sitting in a car in Bani Jamrah on the night of December 4th, 2012, when approximately 17 security officers in civilian clothes quickly emerged from a white bus (license plate number: 20458) and reportedly opened fire upon them.
Aqeel was arrested and taken to the hospital. The BCHR could not confirm the condition of any other person who may have been with him in the car, and who may have also suffered injuries.
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