One dead in Bangladesh opposition shutdown

DHAKA, BANGLADESH (TIP): Local media are reporting that Bangladeshi police have opened fire on supporters of the country’s largest Islamic party, leaving one man dead. The party members are enforcing a general strike to protest a court ruling that a party leader should be executed for war crimes. The United News of Bangladesh says the police started firing on Thursday in the western district of Meherpur after opposition supporters attacked security officials and critically stabbed a police official. The report says up to 15 people were injured in the violence. Police could not be reached immediately for comment. On September 10, Bangladesh’s Supreme Court sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, a senior member of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for committing crimes against humanity during the nation’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

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