Authorities in Bangladesh say at least two people have been killed and at least 30 others injured in a bomb blast near Dhaka, during a national strike to protest recent suicide attacks.
A reporter for VOA in Dhaka says the injured include three journalists, seven lawyers and several policemen.
Police say the explosion occurred at a police checkpoint near a court in Gazipur town near Dhaka. On Tuesday, a suicide bomber killed six people at the same court, and several people were killed near a court in southern Chittagong city.
Police blamed the attacks on the outlawed Islamic militant group, Jumatul Mujahedin Bangladesh, which wants strict Islamic law to be instituted in the Muslim-majority, but secular, country.
Lawyers called a national strike on Thursday to press for greater security and immediate government action to prevent further attacks on the judiciary.