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Bangladesh police kill three Islamists as war crimes protests rage on

Published on Feb 15, 2013 11:41 PM
Bangladeshi police patrol on the street after clashes with Jamaat-e-Islami activists in Cox's Bazar in the country's southeastern region on February 15, 2013. Clashes between Bangladeshi police and hardline Islamists killed several people on Friday during a new round of protests over war crimes trials as the unrest spread to the country's main tourist resort. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Bangladeshi police on Friday shot dead three Islamist activists who were protesting against two of their leaders' convictions for war crimes, while far larger demonstrations calling for the men to be executed continued for an 11th day.

A tribunal sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah to life in prison on Feb. 5 for war crimes including murder, rape and torture, the second verdict in trials that have reopened wounds of Bangladesh's 1971 independence conflict.

Most Bangladeshis had expected a death sentence to be handed to Mollah, 64, assistant secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islami - the country's biggest Islamist party.

Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied every day in more than a dozen cities since the sentencing, demanding the execution of Mollah and others convicted of war crimes. Dhaka demonstrations have attracted crowds of more than 100,000.

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