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3 Killed During Clashes in Bangladesh


A crippling nationwide transport blockade in Bangladesh has turned violent on its second day, with three people killed in clashes between rival political parties.

A gunfight erupted on Monday between supporters of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and those of rival Sheikh Hasina, the leader of a 14-party opposition alliance. Scores of people have been injured.

The deaths in southern Bangladesh's Cox Bazar district bring to four the number killed in clashes since Sunday, when Sheikh Hasina's alliance began the strike. The alliance is demanding changes to the election commission and voter lists, along with other electoral reforms.

Officials say President Iajuddin Ahmed, who heads the country's interim government, was to meet advisers on Monday to discuss how to end the standoff.

The indefinite strike began after talks between the interim government and opposition parties about election reforms failed to produce an agreement.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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