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Prince killed in vehicle accident

The teenage son of the king of Bahrain has died following a vehicle accident, palace officials have revealed. 15-year-old Sheikh Faisal bin Hamad al-Khalifa was the sixth son of Bahrain’s king and was killed after the car he was travelling in collided with a road sign.

Following the announcement of the news, state radio and television abandoned their regular schedule and played readings from the Quran as a sign of mourning.

Exact details of the vehicle accident remain sketchy, but it is known that the car the prince was travelling in collided with a bus and skidded off the road, smashing into the road sign. Witnesses have reported that the driver of the bus, a 39-year-old Pakistani, veered across the road immediately before the collision, swerving in front of the Sheikh’s car.

The youngster was rushed to hospital but doctors said his personal injuries were too severe and he died shortly after. The Sheikh’s bodyguard, who was driving the car at the time of the vehicle accident, is said to be in a critical condition in an intensive care unit.

The sixth of seven brothers, the teenager was the son of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, a popular monarch who rose to power in 1999 and has since brought about massive reforms.


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