Bahrain court sentences 5 in alleged F1 bomb plot

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Photo - Bahraini anti-government protesters throw a tear gas canister back toward the police that fired it, after a mourning procession for two teenagers in Meqsha, Bahrain, Friday, April 25, 2014. Authorities said Ahmed al-Mesgen, 16, and Ali Abbas, 18, were killed earlier this week when a bomb exploded in their car. Both youths reportedly had been wanted by the police in connection with the uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Bahraini anti-government protesters throw a tear gas canister back toward the police that fired it, after a mourning procession for two teenagers in Meqsha, Bahrain, Friday, April 25, 2014. Authorities said Ahmed al-Mesgen, 16, and Ali Abbas, 18, were killed earlier this week when a bomb exploded in their car. Both youths reportedly had been wanted by the police in connection with the uprising in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini defense lawyer says a criminal court in the Gulf kingdom has convicted and sentenced five people to five years in prison each on terrorism charges over what authorities say was an attempt to bomb last year's Formula One race.

Attorney Entesar al-Asfoor says female activists Nafisa al-Asfoor and Rayhana al-Musawi were convicted on Tuesday, along with three male accomplices in connection with the case. No explosives were detonated at the 2013 race.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is the island nation's premier international event.

The country, host to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, has faced more than three years of unrest following an uprising dominated by the Shiite majority calling for greater rights and opportunities from the country's Sunni rulers. Some radical protesters have used bombs against security forces.

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