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Three Islamists shot dead in Bangladesh security crackdown

Published on Jan 26, 2014 8:27 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police shot dead three activists from the country's largest Islamist party in clashes on Sunday, officers said, amid allegations security forces are targeting opposition supporters for execution.

Police said the three were killed during two separate gunbattles with bomb-throwing activists from the Jamaat-e-Islami party in two south-eastern towns, clashes that also left several officers injured.

"They threw bombs at us and the joint forces opened fire in self-defence. A gunfight ensued," a local police chief Shahjahan Ali told AFP.

Jamaat said the men were instead arrested and taken to remote places where they were shot dead execution-style. The party said the deaths were the latest in a series of such killings.

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