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A CACHE of homemade weapons hidden in a Sanabis graveyard were used by rioters to attack the police, a court heard.

Officers were pelted with Molotov cocktails, stones and projectiles fired from modified fire extinguishers in the attack on December 17 last year - and part of a nearby farm was also set ablaze according to court documents.

Nine Bahrainis, aged 17 to 25, who are standing trial at the High Criminal Court in connection with the incident, have denied charged of arson, possessing firebombs and taking part in an illegal gathering.

However, one of the men earlier admitted to prosecutors that he was part of a group calling itself the "Sanabis Revolutionaries" that used the village's graveyard to stash weaponry.

"We met in a graveyard in Sanabis where we collected tools and weapons used in rioting," the 19-year-old in his statement to prosecutors.

"I saw around 20 people and we picked the weapons from on top of a grave.

"I carried a box of Molotov cocktails and headed to where policemen were stationed in Sanabis.

The teenager said that he "accidentally" set a nearby farm on fire when a Molotov cocktail he threw at policemen missed its target.

"I threw a couple of firebombs at the police but one of them landed in a farm," he said.

"I then ran away and was later arrested by police outside my school on National Day."

One of the officers described how they attempted to put out the blaze before it could spread to other parts of the farm.

"We were stationed in a patrol vehicle in Sanabis when a mob of around 20 masked men started hurling Molotov cocktails towards us," the 28-year-old policeman told prosecutors.

"We fired tear gas to disperse the crowd but they continued to pelt us with firebombs and stones.

"One of the Molotov cocktails landed in a farm opposite a house and set it ablaze.

"I was nearby and tried to put out the fire before Civil Defence officials came to the scene to deal with it."

The trial was adjourned until June 14 for review.

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