Death toll in Bangladesh clashes rises to 53
2 March AFP
The number of people killed in clashes in Bangladesh over the
conviction of Islamist leaders for war crimes rose to 53 as fresh
violence erupted in the Muslim-majority nation.
Two people were killed when hundreds of pro-government supporters and
followers of the rival Jamaat-e-Islami party battled each other with
sticks in two northern districts of Gaibandha and Chapainawabganj,
police chiefs told AFP. Meanwhile, in the capital Dhaka, police fired
rubber bullets and tear gas to break up Jamaat protests after the
Islamists tried to stage marches following weekly prayers, leaving
several people injured, police said.
Three policemen were also hurt in a homemade bomb attack by Jamaat
student activists in the port city of Chittagong, deputy police chief
Bonaj Kumar said.