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Bombs explode during general strike in Bangladesh

  • Associated Press
  • March 27, 2013 - 1:11 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Suspected opposition supporters have exploded homemade bombs in Bangladesh's capital during a nationwide general strike called by government opponents. No one was injured in the blasts.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Abul Bashar says at least three crude bombs exploded Wednesday near a railway station in the city. Footage from several TV stations showed blast incidents in other parts of the city.

The opposition alliance called the strike to demand the release of over 150 activists detained earlier this month.

Alliance partner Jamaat-e-Islami also wants to halt trials of opposition politicians accused of crimes stemming from the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

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