Bahrain arrests 6 leading Shiite activists in attempt to halt street clashes with police

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini lawyer says security forces have detained six more opposition members in a crackdown on the Gulf kingdom's majority Shiites who complain of being disenfranchised.

Lawyer Mohammed al-Tajir said Tuesday a total of 10 activists, including eight leading members of the opposition, have been detained since Saturday.

Al-Tajir said the detained have not been charged and their whereabouts are unknown.

Security officials said they are targeting opposition figures seeking to harm national stability. The crackdown follows a series of violent Shiite-led protests accusing the government of discrimination.

Shiites are a majority in Bahrain, but the island nation, home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, is ruled by a Sunni royal family.