Bahrain: Prominent activist detained during raid on his home
June 13, Dubai: A prominent rights activist has been detained in Bahrain during a raid on his home early on Monday morning, rights groups and the activist's family said, part of a wide crackdown on dissent more than five years after the Arab Spring.
It wasn't immediately clear why authorities detained Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. However, his detention comes after Zainab al-Khawaja, another prominent activist, fled the island nation for Denmark in recent days over fears of being imprisoned again.
Police seized electronic devices and other items from Rajab's home as they detained him, according to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy. Rajab's wife, Sumayia, also confirmed his arrest and said on Twitter that their home was searched.
The raid was not immediately reported by the state-run Bahrain News Agency. Officials with Bahraini police and the Interior Ministry did not respond to a request for comment, the Associated Press reported.
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