A Bahraini protester raises a sign against the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix during a protest in Saar, Bahrain, Friday, April 4, 2014. Tens of thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters carrying signs and images of political prisoners waved national flags and signs against the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, which is being held Sunday in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Bahrain: Bomb in car causes fire in capital

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain's Interior Ministry says a car caught on fire in a popular tourist area of the capital, Manama, because of explosives that had been packed inside.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred late on Sunday -- the day of the Bahrain Grand Prix auto race finale.

The Adliya area where the fire happened is popular with foreign visitors but is not near the site of the Formula One race.

The Interior Ministry said on its official Twitter account that it is investigating.

Some radical anti-government factions in Bahrain have been deploying relatively small bombs that have occasionally resulted in deaths.

The kingdom's Shiite majority has been protesting since March 2011 for greater rights from the tiny island nation's Sunni monarchy.

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