Police and firemen work at the site of a burnt-out police jeep in Hamad Town, Bahrain, last Monday. The Interior Ministry said that the jeep was attacked by anti-government protesters. Image Credit: AP

Manama: An explosion in a car killed two people and wounded a third in a village in Bahrain on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.

The ministry said on its Twitter account the explosion was in the village of Al Maqshaa, along the Budayya highway, outside the capital Manama.

“Initial inspections uncovered two burnt bodies and a third with burn wounds was taken to hospital,” the ministry said.

There were early signs the car contained explosive substances, it added.

The US-allied kingdom, which is home to the US Fifth Fleet, has been hit by several small bombings in recent weeks as the country faces protests from its Shiite community.

The protesters want political reforms and an end to perceived discrimination in the country. Bahrain denies any discrimination.

In one of the most serious recent attacks, three policemen were killed in a bomb attack in March in the village of Daih while security forces were trying to disperse a group who were blocking roads in the village after a funeral.

Since then, several explosions, mostly of homemade bombs, have injured at least three policemen in Shiite villages around the island.