|Bangladesh violence spreads, 15 killed
Bangladesh's opposition alliance enforced a nationwide strike today marred by violence that killed four people, after the prime minister refused calls to form a caretaker government that excludes political parties.
The 18-party opposition alliance led by Khaleda Zia began the three-day general strike Sunday to force the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to quit and have a caretaker oversee an election scheduled for early next year.
Hasina has proposed forming a caretaker government from ruling and opposition parties to supervise the vote.
TV stations reported that scores were injured in clashes nationwide, in which at least 15 people have died since Friday.
A man from the ruling Awami League party was stabbed to death today by opposition supporters who tried to stop vehicles from defying the shutdown in the central district of Jamalpur, police said.
A driver died in an attack in southeastern district of Chittagong, a local leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party was killed in a bomb attack, and a teenager died in clashes between government and opposition activists.
At least 50 people were injured when a train derailed in northern Lalmonirhat district as strike supporters uprooted the rail line, Channel 24 TV station reported.
In Dhaka, opposition supporters torched a ruling party office, while schools and businesses remained closed.—AP