CNN Wire Staff
Manama, Bahrain (CNN) - At least two people were killed early Thursday morning when Bahraini police swarmed into the capital, Manama, to roust protesters from the Pearl Roundabout, emergency hospital services said.
The area had become a magnet for protesters angered by the killing of two demonstrators by security forces earlier this week. After largely leaving the protesters alone for the past two days, hundreds of white-helmeted police swarmed the roundabout about 3:30 a.m. Thursday (7:30 p.m. Wednesday ET).
An ABC reporter was attacked while on the phone, describing the scene for the network. Miguel Marquez could be heard shouting on the audiotape, "Journalist! Journalist! No! No!"
One of the protesters, who asked that he be identified only as "Hussein," said the police came in with no warning.
"We were sleeping," he said. "There were guys, kids, schoolchildren, women, and suddenly they just attacked us with tear gas, stun bombs."
Hussein said many people were wounded in the attack, and he helped take people to hospitals. Police were outside the hospitals as well, he said.
"No one was doing anything," he said. "Kids were sleeping. Women were sleeping. They just attacked us suddenly."
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