Islamists protesters clash with Bangladesh police, 7 dead

May 6, 2013 13:49

DHAKA - At least seven people were killed on Monday in clashes in Bangladesh between police and hardline Islamists demanding reforms that critics say would amount to the "Talibanisation" of a country that maintains secularism as state policy.

Clashes began on Sunday after about 200,000 Islamist supporters marched in Dhaka to press their demands and were met by lines of police firing teargas and rubber bullets.

On Monday, hundreds of protesters, many wearing white Muslim skull caps and throwing stones, re-grouped and police again fired teargas, rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse them.

Protesters set fire to vehicles, including two police cars, and stormed a police post on the outskirts of the capital, police said.

Two policemen and a member of a paramilitary force were among the seven people killed, said police official Shah Mohammad Manzur Kader. Four people were killed on Sunday and hundreds of people have been injured, hospital officials said.

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