Bahrain: 23-year-old detainee dies

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini authorities say a 23-year-old jailed detainee has died a week after being taken to the hospital.

Opposition activists and human rights groups have raised concerns about the alleged mistreatment of detainees in custody amid a three-year uprising by a Shiite-dominated opposition seeking greater political rights from the country's Sunni rulers. Bahrain says is committed to complying with human rights norms.

The Ministry of Information said in a statement Wednesday that detainee Jaffar Mohammed Jaffar died at around 3:15 in the morning. He had been receiving treatment at Salmaniya Medical Complex after being admitted on February 19.

The ministry says Jaffar had sickle cell anemia. No cause of death was given, and it was unclear how his disease contributed to his death.

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