DHAKA - Opposition activists in Bangladesh trying to enforce a transport boycott threw petrol bombs at a bus early on Tuesday setting off a fire that engulfed the vehicle killing seven people, a fire department officer said.
"Seven died on the spot after opposition activists hurled petrol bombs," fire department official Monir Hossain told reporters in the southeastern district of Comilla.
Sixteen people were injured, several of them critically, he said.
Spokesmen for the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were not available for comment. They routinely reject accusations that their activists are responsible for violence.