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Bahraini Man Receives 5-Year Jail Term for Attack on Police

A Bahraini court has sentenced a man to five years in prison for the attempted murder of a police officer during anti-government protests.

The official Bahrain News Agency said the court found the man guilty Thursday. It also said he is eligible to appeal the sentence.

Earlier this week Tuesday, Bahrain's Justice Minister Khaled bin Ali al-Khalifa said 47 doctors and nurses will go on trial for charges of promoting efforts to bring down the government.

Human rights groups criticized the announcement, saying Bahrain is targeting doctors and medical staff who treated wounded protesters during anti-government demonstrations.

Also last week, Bahrain sentenced to death four Shi'ite activists accused of killing police officers during the protests.

Bahraini officials have said 24 people died in the unrest, and the government has arrested hundreds in the aftermath of the protests.

The Bahraini government has imposed martial law and invited troops from mainly Sunni-led neighboring states to help quell the uprising by mostly Shi'ite protesters.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.