The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

One dead as violent clashes spread in Bangladesh


DHAKA (AFP) - Protesters from Bangladesh's largest Islamic party clashed with security forces in cities across the country on Tuesday in violence that has left one dead, police said.

Jamaat-e-Islami called a strike on Tuesday to protest against the arrest and trial of its leaders, who face charges of war crimes during the country's 1971 liberation struggle.

An 18-year-old youth was shot dead on Monday night during clashes in the northern town of Chirirbandar, 300 kilometres (180 miles) from the capital Dhaka, and unrest spread to other cities on Tuesday.

Jamaat supporters torched and damaged about 20 vehicles in Dhaka on Tuesday and 69 people were detained on charges of violence.