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2 killed in second day of Bangladesh strike violence

April 23, 2012 15:48

DHAKA - At least two people were killed and 100 hurt in a second day of violence in Bangladesh on Monday, police and witnesses said, as an opposition-led strike kept businesses closed across the country.

The strike, which triggered clashes between police and activists in which two were killed when it began on Sunday, was called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party.

The BNP, which has called for a third day of industrial action on Tuesday, says the government is involved in the disappearance of one of its young leaders, Ilyas Ali, who has been missing since last week. The governments denies the charges.

At least 50 people including 20 police officers were injured during Monday's fighting in Biswanath, Ali's ancestral home in the country's northeast, witnesses said. Police opened fire on stone-throwing demonstrators, also using tear gas on the crowd, witnesses said.

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