Plainclothes Security Forces (Bahrain)

Country: Bahrain
Details of Formation: The group was first mentioned in a news source from 2011.
Details of Termination: --
Purpose: The plainclothes security forces were acting on behalf of the ruling Sunni family and elite against (Shiite) anti-government uprisings.
Organisation: The plainclothes security forces are protected by regular security forces.
Weapons and Training: The group used swords, clubs, knives, rocks, iron, steel and wood sticks, as well as other sharp objects. A news source reports that in one instance, they fired live bullets.
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Treatment of Civilians: The plainclothes security forces were involved in many violent operations against anti-government protesters. These included beatings, and firing live ammunition, and alleged torture. One news source reports that they prevented medics from accessing a hospital where those injured by a government attack were treated.
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References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD