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Bahrain authorities investigate car bomb that led to fire on F1 race day

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Bahraini protesters wave national flags and raise signs during a protest in Saar, Bahrain, Friday, April 4, 2014. Tens of thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters marched carrying images of political prisoners and signs against the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, which is being held Sunday in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) (The Associated Press)

Bahrain's Interior Ministry says a car caught on fire in a popular tourist area of the capital, Manama, because of explosives that had been packed inside.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred late on Sunday — the day of the Bahrain Grand Prix auto race finale.

The Adliya area where the fire happened is popular with foreign visitors but is not near the site of the Formula One race.

The Interior Ministry said on its official Twitter account that it is investigating.

Some radical anti-government factions in Bahrain have been deploying relatively small bombs that have occasionally resulted in deaths.

The kingdom's Shiite majority has been protesting since March 2012 for greater rights from the tiny island nation's Sunni monarchy.