DUBAI: A homemade bomb wounded four Bahraini policemen outside a Shiite village, the interior ministry said on Sunday, in the latest unrest to rock the country. The bomb was “planted by terrorists” near Janabiyah village, west of Manama, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official BNA news agency, without specifying when the explosion took place.

The device was “remotely detonated”, the Al Ayam newspaper cited a security official it did not identify as saying.

Earlier this month, a policeman was killed and two others wounded in what security officials said was a “terrorist” bombing outside a police station in the Shiite village of Sitra, south of the capital.

Bahraini authorities often use the term “terrorists” to refer to Shiite demonstrators who have kept up anti-government protests despite a 2011 crackdown backed by Saudi-led Gulf troops, sparking repeated clashes with security forces.

In mid-February, a police officer was killed by a petrol bomb during clashes with protesters, after a teenager was shot dead during a demonstration marking the second anniversary of the launch of the protests.