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Bahrain probes deaths of protester, policeman in clashes during uprising anniversary

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    Masked Bahraini anti-government protesters chant slogans and hold petrol bombs during clashes with riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Security forces in Bahrain clashed on Thursday with anti-government protesters in street battles that left at least one boy dead amid high tensions on the second anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation, activists said. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Bahraini anti-government protesters chant slogans during clashes with riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Security forces in Bahrain clashed on Thursday with anti-government protesters in street battles that left at least one boy dead amid high tensions on the second anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation, activists said. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Bahraini anti-government protesters prepare for clashes with riot police during the second anniversary of the start a pro-democracy uprising in Sanabis, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Security forces in Bahrain clashed on Thursday with anti-government protesters in street battles that left at least one boy dead amid high tensions on the second anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation, activists said. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

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    Bahraini anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Daih, Bahrain, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, the second anniversary of the start of a pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. Protests began at daybreak in opposition areas nationwide as protesters attempted to return to the well-barricaded main site of the uprising. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

Authorities in Bahrain say they have opened investigations into the deaths of a policeman and a protester during widespread clashes marking the second anniversary of the anti-government uprising in the Gulf nation.

Officials on Friday said policeman Mohammed Asif was fatally wounded from a "projectile" after attacks from demonstrators. An earlier statement blamed Asif's death late Thursday on a "domestic terror act."

Meanwhile, a separate investigation is under way into the death of a 16-year-old boy, who activists say was killed on Thursday by police birdshot fire.

The unrest has raised questions whether ongoing negotiations between the government and the opposition can ease Bahrain's crisis. The kingdom's majority Shiites are pushing for a greater political voice on the Sunni-ruled island.

Nearly 60 people have died in two years of upheaval.