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Gunmen Fire on Bangladeshi Election Official's Home


Bangladeshi police say gunmen have fired on the home of one of the election officials accused of political bias by the country's opposition parties.

Police say unidentified assailants targeted the Dhaka home of deputy election commissioner Hasan Monsur on Thursday. Monsur and three other election officials are the focus of a general strike that paralyzed the capital for the past four days.

A 14-party opposition alliance launched the transport blockade Sunday to force the officials from office. The alliance says the officials are biased towards the ruling party and could rig national elections set for January.

The alliance agreed Wednesday to temporarily suspend the blockade of highways, ports and rail lines, giving the caretaker government until Monday to meet their demands.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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