Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of nine Bahrainis in the first ruling of its kind since new anti-terrorism laws were introduced in 2013.

According to local media reports, three of the nine were sentenced to 15 years in prison, while the remaining six received sentences ranging from three to ten years for engaging in terrorist activities.

The defendants were found guilty in a Manama court of possessing firearms with the intent to free members of Jaish al-Imam (Army of Imam), a terrorist organisation with links to Iran, from a detention centre at Hidd.

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