The first day of a two-day nationwide strike called to protest Saturday's deadly grenade attack on the opposition rally brought life to a standstill in Bangladesh.
Opposition protesters battled police in several parts of the country Tuesday, and attacked railway stations. Authorities say protesters also removed tracks at some places to stop trains from running.
The strike began with thousands of people marching in Dhaka, the capital.
The opposition Awami League called the strike, saying Saturday's grenade attack was an attempt to kill its leader Sheikh Hasina. Ms. Hasina escaped with minor cuts, but at least 20 people were killed and about 150 others injured.
In Washington, the State Department advised U.S. citizens traveling or living in Bangladesh to use extra care and precaution in light of the current tensions.