Security increased in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging
Police fired rubber bullets at stone-throwing Islamist protesters
Eastern Eye Staff
Bangladesh on Thursday deployed thousands of police in the capital to prevent violence, after the main Islamist party called a nationwide strike to protest against its leader’s execution for war crimes. Jamaat-e-Islami party president Motiur Rahman Nizami was hanged late on Tuesday following his conviction for the massacre of intellectuals during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Clashes erupted in the northwest and the south of the country on Wednesday, with police firing rubber bullets at stone-throwing Islamists protesting against the 73-year-old’s execution, officers said. Jamaat called for the 24-hour shutdown throughout Bangladesh, which is reeling from a string…
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