Police Fire on Protesters in Strike-Hit Bangladesh
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Bangladesh police opened fire on opposition activists Thursday, killing one protester, on the second day of a nationwide strike over the death sentence given to a senior Islamist leader.
Police said the shooting occurred in the western town of Mujibnagar where 1,200 stick-wielding supporters of the country's largest Islamist party were blocking a motorway during protests over Tuesday's sentence.
Local police chief Nahidul Alam told AFP: "A Jamaat activist was killed in the clashes in Mujibnagar."
At least 10 people were also injured, five protesters and five officers, after police tried to disperse the activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami party, local sub-inspector Aminur Rahman said.
"They attacked our officers, forcing us to fire with rifles, pistols and shotguns. Five protesters were injured by bullets," Rahman told AFP, adding that a police van was also torched.
Violence has flared throughout the country and schools and businesses have been shuttered since Jamaat called the 48-hour strike over the sentence handed to Abdul Quader Molla for crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.
On Wednesday, the first day of the strike, an auto-rickshaw driver was killed after being hit with stones thrown by rampaging protesters in the country's south and elsewhere a police officer was shot and critically injured.
The Supreme Court strengthened the sentence originally given to Molla by the country's war crimes tribunal, and rejected an appeal for acquittal by his defence lawyers.