DHAKA - At least nine people, including two children, were burned alive in Bangladesh when opposition activists hurled petrol bombs at a packed bus and a truck in the latest spasm of worsening political violence, police said on Saturday.
The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) refused to take part in a general election a year ago, saying it would be rigged, and intensified protests last month in a bid to force Prime Minister Sheik Hasina to step down and hold a new poll.
At least 70 people have been killed and hundreds injured in violence over the past month, including the latest deaths in arson attacks overnight.
Six people, including two children, died after opposition activists hurled petrol bombs at a packed bus to Dhaka on Friday night in the northern district of Gaibandha, police official Raziur Rahman said. At least 30 people were injured, several critically, he said.
Three people died in a similar arson attack on a truck in the southern district of Barisal early on Saturday, police said.