05 Jun '11, 3pm

Bangladesh strike sparks violence

Bangladesh strike sparks violence

DHAKA: Three small bombs exploded in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday while police clashed with protesters outside Dhaka as a nationwide strike called by opposition parties brought the country to a halt. Police said two blasts occurred near the headquarters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which called the strike in protest at a government move to change the country's election system. "These are small bombs. One police sub-inspector has been injured in the blasts," said Dhaka's deputy police commissioner Anwar Hossain. In Mirpur a rickshaw-puller was injured in another small blast, police said. At least 8,000 police and 1,500 paramilitary forces were deployed in the city to prevent violence, local police officials said, while thousands more were on duty across the country. Security has been tightened across the city after violence overnight saw a dozen buses torche...

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