|Protesters blamed for Bangladesh train derailment deaths in further bouts of turmoil
Opposition activists derailed a train in Bangladesh, killing three people, as part of a campaign against elections due to be held next month, officials said.
(Pictured, a minibus on fire in Dhaka)
Three coaches and the engine of the express train toppled in the northern district of Gaibandha, trapping dozens of passengers.
“Among the trapped passengers, three have died, including two men and a woman,'' Gaibandha police chief Sajid Hossain told AFP.
Hossain said five passengers were in a serious condition.
The private television network Somoy put the number of injured at 40.
A rail official said protesters had deliberately removed fishplates that linked the tracks.
More than 60 people have been killed since late October when the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party began a mass campaign of action to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stand down ahead of the January 5 elections in favour of a caretaker government. --AFP