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Death of Bahraini pro-democracy fugitive sparks grief, anger

Mourners hold pictures of Hussain Mahdi Habib during his funeral procession.
Mourners hold pictures of Hussain Mahdi Habib during his funeral procession.Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters
A woman mourns during the funeral of Hussain Mahdi Habib in the village of Sitra, south of Bahrain's capital Manama, on Oct. 20, 2013.
A woman mourns during the funeral of Hussain Mahdi Habib in the village of Sitra, south of Bahrain's capital Manama, on Oct. 20, 2013.Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP - Getty Images
Mourners hold pictures of Hussain Mahdi Habib during his funeral procession.
Mourners hold pictures of Hussain Mahdi Habib during his funeral procession.Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters
A mourner at Habib's funeral.
A mourner at Habib's funeral.Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP - Getty Images

A politically-charged funeral was held Sunday for a Bahraini man who was found shot dead while he was on the run from prison.

Hussain Mahdi Habib, 20, received  a 15-year sentence in absentia for his participation in the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf kingdom. He escaped from prison on May 19.

Mahdi's body was found on al-Malikiyah beach, west of Manama, early Saturday, according to a Ministry of Interior statement. The statement said that five suspects had been arrested in connection with the death. Witnesses said that he had been shot by a bullet and stabbed several times, according to local media. 

-- Agence France-Presse, Reuters, The Associated Press

Riot police fire at anti-government protesters during clashes after the politically-charged funeral. Graffiti on the wall reads,
Riot police fire at anti-government protesters during clashes after the politically-charged funeral. Graffiti on the wall reads,Hasan Jamali / AP
Women wearing teargas masks try to treat protestors affected by the gas during clashes with riot police following the funeral.
Women wearing teargas masks try to treat protestors affected by the gas during clashes with riot police following the funeral.Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP - Getty Images

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