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At least Four Civilians Killed in Police Firing in Bangladesh

  • Amir Khasru

At least four people have been killed and 100 injured when police opened fire on thousands of Bangladeshis trying to storm an office of Asian Energy Plc, a British-owned coal mining company, in Dinajpur.

Police fired hundreds of shots and nearly 50 teargas shells to disperse the angry crowds, a witnesses said. They were protesting against an open pit coal mine project Asian Energy is planning at Phulbari in Dinajpur district, in the country's northwest.

The protesters, who are backed by various rights groups, say the project would displace hundreds of families and cause serious damage to the environment. They demanded that the Asia Energy office in Phulbari be closed immediately.

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