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US Envoy Expresses Concern Over Political Violence, Corruption in Bangladesh

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A senior U.S. envoy has urged Bangladesh to make efforts to end graft, politically motivated attacks and police brutality.

State Department Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns told reporters at the end of his two-day visit to Dhaka that Washington is concerned at levels of corruption, some of the extra-judicial killings and political violence.

Several recent opposition rallies have been marred by deadly bombings, and a number of criminal suspects have died in custody. Authorities investigating the incidents have detained several suspects, but no one has been brought to trial. Mr. Burns also expressed hopes for continued strong relations between the United States and Bangladesh.

On Sunday, the envoy discussed economic ties with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan. He also called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and met other political leaders. Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.

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