Security forces in Bahrain have fired tear gas and clashed with protesters who were taking part in the funeral of a 17-year-old who died while fleeing police a few days earlier.

The death of Ali Abdulghani has touched a nerve among Bahrain's majority Shiites, who since 2011 have been protesting for greater rights from the Sunni-ruled monarchy. The funeral took place Tuesday in the area of Shahrakan, located southwest of the capital Manama.

The Interior Ministry says Abdulghani sustained a head injury when he fell from a building while trying to flee police on Thursday. Abdulgahni had been wanted by police to serve a five-year prison sentence for taking part in unauthorized protests.

The main al-Wefaq opposition group is demanding an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.