Bahraini regime has pressed charges against dozens of people over an attack on police as the ruling Al Khalifah intensifies its crackdown against prominent figures and followers of the country’s Shia community.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, 25 men stand accused of a February 26 bombing that injured four officers in a bus near Jaw village, southeast of the capital Manama.

Fourteen of the defendants are already in detention.

Shia Muslims form the majority of the population in the tiny Arab island. Lawyers of the defendants said all of them were Shia Muslims.

Charges pressed against the defendants are alleged weapons smuggling and manufacturing, establishing or joining a terrorist group and attempted murder. The first hearing will be held on October 19.

Jaw is home to a notorious prison in which hundreds of prisoners are kept for participation in peaceful pro-democracy rallies.

The Bahraini Parliament, on March 5, approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countryside.

Ever since a popular uprising began in Bahrain in February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstration in the country on an almost daily basis.

The protesters demand that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.