At least five people have been injured in renewed political violence in Bangladesh which has claimed more than 80 lives since early January. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
At least five people have been injured in further political violence in Bangladesh on Monday (February 16) when two explosions took place in the capital, Dhaka. Witnesses said the explosions came from two home-made explosive devices hurled from the roof of a building during the latest 72-hour nationwide general strike and blockade which began on Sunday (February 15). The explosions thought to be from crude bombs happened during a protest by pro-government supporters as they were marching towards the BNP's offices. They were demanding an immediate end to the campaign of general strikes and blockades called by BNP leader Khaleda Zia when she was prevented from holding a mass rally on January 5. Zia, whose party boycotted the election on January 5, 2014, has demanded that Sheikh Hasina and her government step down for a new vote under a caretaker administration. Hasina has refused, instead tightening her grip by arresting key opposition leaders and clamping down on critical media as anti-government protests spread.