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5 die in strike violence in Bangladesh

Security officials stood guard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday during the first day of a 60-hour national strike.

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Security officials stood guard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday during the first day of a 60-hour national strike.

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Police and backers of Bangladesh’s ruling party clashed Sunday with opposition supporters, leaving at least five people dead and scores injured in different parts of the country as opposition parties tried to enforce a three-day nationwide general strike.

The strike is aimed at forcing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to quit and form a caretaker government made up of people from outside political parties to oversee an election. The shutdown began Sunday and is to continue until Tuesday night.

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An activist from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party was killed in the southwestern district of Faridpur after security officials opened fire on stone-throwing protesters, local police official Abul Kalam said, adding that at least six people were injured.

He said police opened fire after opposition activists attacked them in the area, 40 miles southwest of the capital, Dhaka. A backer of the ruling Awami League party was hacked to death, allegedly by opposition activists, in Jessore, 85 miles west of Dhaka.

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