Bahraini security forces arrested at least four people in the early hours of Thursday morning without offering any cause or producing arrest warrants.
The arrests were made during raids targeting a number of towns and villages across the Gulf kingdom.
Mahdi Fattah Mahfouz, who plays for Bahrain’s national football team was reportedly among those detained.
Militiamen operating under the umbrella of the country’s vast security apparatus carried out similar raids a day earlier, which resulted in a number of arrests.
In recent years, Manama has jailed thousands without any legal justification as part of its onslaught against dissent. Many of the detainees are often tortured and subjected to cruel and humiliating treatment at the hands of the security services