Six killed in clashes, dozens hurt after Bangladesh Islamist hanging
DHAKA (AFP) - Six people were killed in Bangladesh including three protesters who were shot dead by police on Saturday as Islamists vented their fury at the execution of one of their leaders for war crimes.
The deadly clashes erupted two days after the government hanged senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Abdul Quader Molla, for war crimes - the first person to be executed for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
Police said they opened fire during clashes with thousands of rampaging Jamaat protesters in the southern town of Companyganj, leaving three people dead and dozens injured.
"We fired rifles in self defence after at least 8,000 Jamaat supporters attacked us with guns and torched four government offices with gunpowder," local police chief Shafiqul Islam told AFP.