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12 killed in 3 days of anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Mar 28 (efe-epa).- At least two protesters were killed and scores injured in fresh violence as Bangladesh’s hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam observed a nationwide strike on Sunday protesting against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the country.

A total of 12 people have been killed in three days of unrest.

The chief of the general hospital in eastern Brahmanbaria district, Shawkat Hossain, confirmed to Efe the death of two people in Sunday’s clashes, without providing further details.

A total of 10 protesters were killed on Friday and Saturday in the Hefazat stronghold Chittagong and Brahmanbaria.

Local media reported that Brahmanbaria turned into a battlefield for the third consecutive day as Hefazat supporters took to the streets to observe the strike.

Private news agency UNB reported Hefazat activists set fire to three buildings, including a government land office, and attacked a train, leading to suspension of rail communications between three major cities — Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.

The public properties affected by the violence include a vaccination centre in Brahmanbaria, district civil surgeon Ekram Ullah told Efe.

UNB reported that at least 30 people were injured, including one with bullet, in clashes between Hefazat supporters and law enforcing agencies in central Narayanganj district during the strike.

Hefazat spokesman Jakaria Noman Foyezi told Efe that over 200 supporters of the group were injured in clashes during the strike.

Modi, who the group called an “extremist” and accused of killing Muslims in Gujarat and Kashmir, left Dhaka on Saturday.

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