Bahrain army in control of capital

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An injured anti-government demonstrator is taken to hospital in Manama, Bahrain (AP)

Bahrain’s military says it has taken control of most of the Gulf island’s capital and has banned protests.

The military says it has “key parts” of Manama “under control”.

The announcement was read on Bahrain’s state TV just hours after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square.

Medical officials have said four people were killed in the pre-dawn raid.

A leader of the Sunni-ruled Bahrain’s Shiite opposition Abdul Jalil Khalil says 18 parliament members also have resigned in protest at the killings.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the clashes and called on the authorities to “exercise restraint”.

Mr Hague told the Commons that two people had been confirmed dead following the clashes, with unconfirmed reports of further deaths.

The Foreign Office was not aware of any British nationals caught up in the violence, he said.

“We’re advising all British nationals to stay away from protests and avoid all but essential travel around Bahrain,” he added.

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