Soldiers and riot police have used tear gas and armoured vehicles to drive out hundreds of anti-government protesters occupying a landmark square in Bahrain's capital, a day after emergency rule was imposed in the violence-wracked Gulf kingdom.
Demonstrators said at least two people were killed after the full-scale assault swept into Pearl Square in Manama, which has been the centre of uprising against Bahrain's rulers since it began more than a month ago.
Stinging clouds of tear gas filled streets and black smoke rose from the square, possibly from the protesters' tents set ablaze.
Over 100 prisoners escaped amid Bahrain unrest
Sources confirmed to Xinhua that a total of 110 prisoners escaped from the prison and sought shelter in a nearby labor accommodation. Prison authorities launched a search operation and caught most of the inmates, but two prisoners were still at large.
Over 100 riot police were injured during clashes with anti- government protestors on Sunday near the Bahrain Financial Harbor. State run-Bahrain Television on Monday stated that some policemen were taken hostage by protestors, however there was no official confirmation.