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A Bahraini anti-government demonstrator lies injured on a stretcher early Thursday morning as other protesters take him to the hospital in Manama, Bahrain. Armed patrols prowled neighborhoods and tanks appeared in the streets for the first time Thursday after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square where they had demanded sweeping political change in the tiny kingdom.

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Bahrain official: Bloody crackdown was 'regrettable'

Troops and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed.

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