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Bangladesh court charges 147 opposition supporters over blasts in Dhaka

Published on Aug 25, 2014 9:41 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - A court in Bangladesh on Monday ordered the trial of nearly 150 people, including senior leaders of the main opposition party, over an explosion outside their headquarters last year.

The move to charge 147 people with setting off explosives in the capital Dhaka came as the opposition mounted fresh protests to try to unseat a government they say is illegal.

Hundreds of opposition supporters have been charged since violent protests over disputed elections held in January left more than 500 people dead across the country.

The latest case concerns small explosions that took place in March 2013 outside the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) head office.

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