Tuesday Dec 04, 201211:14 AM GMT
Teenage activist killed in Bangladesh protest
A Bangladeshi policeman charges baton on a member of Jamaat-e-Islami party in Dhaka. (File photo)
A Bangladeshi policeman charges baton on a member of Jamaat-e-Islami party in Dhaka. (File photo)
Tue Dec 4, 2012 10:20AM
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An 18-year-old political activist has been killed during a protest rally in Bangladesh's northern town of Chirirbandar, officials say.


The incident took place late on Monday when police fired live bullets to disperse people protesting the trial of the leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

A medical official said on Tuesday the Jamaat member died after being taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

"He has a bullet shot in his head," said Shihidul Islam, a nurse at Rangpur Medical College Hospital.

Local police chief Tariqul Islam also confirmed that security forces "fired seven rounds of live bullets, rubber bullets and tear gas shells" at protesters in the city.

He added that about 20 policemen were also wounded in the rally that was held ahead of a nationwide strike on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Jamaat supporters set fire to buses and burned tires during a separate demonstration in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The clashes erupted after the party called for protests over the trial of its leaders who have been arrested and face charges of "war crimes" during the 1971 liberation struggle of Bangladesh.

Opponents accuse the ruling Awami League government of using the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), created in 2010 to try war crimes suspects, as a political tool to target the opposition.

DB/HN
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