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Bahrain's Interior Ministry says 2 killed, 1 injured in apparent car bombing in capital

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Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters, waving national flags and gesturing defiantly, chant slogans during a march organized by opposition groups in A'ali, Bahrain, Friday, April 18, 2014. A pro-democracy uprising of peaceful daytime marches and violent nighttime clashes simmers in its fourth year in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama.

A statement Saturday from the Interior Ministry said the blast happened in Mughsha, a village along a highway west of the capital. It said investigators found traces of explosives in the car.

Bahrain has been roiled by three years of unrest, with a Shiite-dominated opposition movement demanding greater political rights from the Sunni monarchy. The country is a small, Western-allied island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Separately, the ministry said a bomb thrown at security officials trying to stop a tire fire Saturday wounded three men.