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9 killed in bomb attacks on bus, truck in B’desh

At least nine persons, including three children, were burnt alive in Bangladesh when opposition activists hurled petrol bombs at a packed bus and a truck, the latest in a spate of political violence that has claimed 75 lives so far.

Three persons were burnt to death after a truck was attacked early today in southwestern Barisal area as opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) enforced a transport blockade for the 29th consecutive day.

In a separate incident last night, six persons, including three children, were killed and 30 others injured when opposition activists firebombed a bus in northwestern Gaibandha.

The fresh attacks came hours after the BNP said it would intensify its anti-government campaign, enforcing 72 hours of general strike from tomorrow which would go simultaneously with their non-stop blockade. The attacks were the latest spasm of violence in a nationwide transportation blockade called by the opposition to pressurise Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resign and announce new elections.

BNP was virtually in a state of disarray since it boycotted last year’s polls.



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