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Bahrain sentences 9 to life in prison after trial on bomb-making charges

  • A Bahraini anti-government protester carries a sign with the words, "Oh, jailer, your sentences will not frighten us," during a march in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. People marched to protest against jail terms handed down in the past week to rights activists and protesters, including four people sentenced to life in prison for a bombing that authorities said targeted police in the Gulf nation. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, a Bahraini anti-government protester wearing a mask climbs a scaffold to photograph a protest, west of Manama, Bahrain. On Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, a Bahrain court sentenced 50 people to prison terms of between five and 15 years after a mass trial for people with alleged links to a militant cell. Bahrain's Shiites, who compromise about 70 percent of the population, resumed their fight for greater political rights in February 2011 as the Arab Spring spread. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)The Associated Press

  • Young Bahraini anti-government protesters carry national flags and a poster of jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab with words in Arabic reading, "so we don't forget," during a march in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. People marched to protest against jail terms handed down in the past week to rights activists and protesters, including four people sentenced to life in prison for a bombing that authorities said targeted police in the Gulf nation. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)The Associated Press

Bahrain says nine people have been sentenced to life in prison after trial on charges of bomb-making in the restive Gulf nation.

Monday's verdicts mark the latest in a series of recent court decisions that have raised tensions in the strategic kingdom, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Sunni-ruled Bahrain has been locked in unrest since early 2011, when majority Shiites started an uprising for greater political rights.

The official Bahrain News Agency says life sentences and fines were handed down to four suspects in custody and five in absentia. The charges also include attempts to target police with attacks.

Violence has risen in Bahrain with recent bombings. Last week, Bahrain set an Oct. 24 trial date for a prominent Shiite political figure, Khalil al-Marzooq, on "terrorism" charges.