Islamic party protests turn violent across Bangladesh

By REUTERS
September 19, 2011 15:13

 
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DHAKA - Street marches by members of Bangladesh's biggest Islamic party seeking the release of its leaders from jail turned violent across the country on Monday, with at least 70 people wounded in clashes, witnesses said.

Activists belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami party, many carrying sticks and throwing rocks, fought running battles with steel-helmeted riot police in Dhaka and set at least 30 vehicles on fire.

Twenty people were wounded and police detained nearly 25, the witnesses said.

"The violence has spread through a large part of the city, with smoke from the burning vehicles filling the sky," a witness said.

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