Police fire on protesters in strike-hit Bangladesh
DHAKA (AFP) - 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 for mass murder.
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.