Manama: A court in Bahrain on Thursday sentenced 16 people to 15 years in prison for their attempt to kill policemen and to torch their vehicle patrolling near a village to the west of the capital Manama.

The criminal court also ruled that the defendants collectively pay 10,508 Bahraini dinars.

On Tuesday, the lower chamber of the bicameral parliament endorsed a recommendation by the foreign affairs, defence and national security committee to toughen punitive actions against people inciting attacks on security servicemen.

The committee said that the new legal measures would help curb the increasing number of assaults on the police.

Interior ministry officers have said that hundreds of policemen have been targeted in sometimes lethal attacks by demonstrators.