Four killed in Bangladesh clashes after Islamist leader executed
DHAKA (REUTERS) - At least four people were killed in Bangladesh on Friday when supporters of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Mollah vented their fury at his execution for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
The decision to hang Mollah, a senior figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party that is a key part of the opposition coalition, drew widespread condemnation from political allies and international human rights groups.
But many citizens celebrated the first ever execution of a Bangladesh war criminal, which took place late on Thursday at the Dhaka Central Jail in the capital.
"It is a great gift to me as person, and it is consistent with the spirit of our liberation war," writer Selina Hossain, whose family was tortured during the conflict, told Reuters.