Arson attack on packed bus kills 7 in Bangladesh: police

AP
Published Feb 3, 2015, 6:34 pm IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 9:32 pm IST
The attack took place early Tuesday in the eastern district of Comilla, says Police
A Bangladeshi man, a victim of one of the recent bomb attacks sparked by the latest clash between the country's two main, long-feuding political factions, lies on a stretcher as he is moved for treatment at a hospital in Dhaka. (Photo: AP)
 A Bangladeshi man, a victim of one of the recent bomb attacks sparked by the latest clash between the country's two main, long-feuding political factions, lies on a stretcher as he is moved for treatment at a hospital in Dhaka. (Photo: AP)

Dhaka, Bangladesh: A police official says unidentified attackers have thrown petrol bombs on a packed passenger bus, leaving at least seven people dead and 16 others injured, amid a nationwide general strike enforced by an opposition alliance calling for new elections in Bangladesh.

Local police chief Uttam Chakrabarty says the attack took place early Tuesday in the eastern district of Comilla when passengers were asleep on a trip to the capital, Dhaka, from the southern coastal district of Cox's Bazar. Chakrabarty says the injured have been hospitalised.

 

At least 53 people have died, mostly in arson attacks allegedly by opposition activists, since Jan. 5 as the opposition alliance led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia launched a nationwide transportation blockade to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to step down.

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