20 killed in Bangladesh after Mollah's execution

Tensions are running high in Bangladesh following the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, with country-wide protests.

20 killed in Bangladesh after Mollah's execution

World Bulletin / News Desk

The execution of the assistant secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami party Abdul Quader Mollah in Bangladesh sparks violent protests on Friday and Saturday throughout the country, leaving at least 20 people dead.

13 people including eight from the Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir, a student Organization of Jamaat also known as shibir, were killed on Saturday in Bangladesh during the clashes between Jamaat Shibir and law enforcement agencies in protests against the execution of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah. At least seven people were killed on Friday.

On the other hand, more than 120 vehicles were torched, 10 in capital city Dhaka, across the country on Friday and Saturday in protesting the execution of Mollah.

Police Super of the district Anisur Rahman confirmed the death of the seven people.

The clashes erupted when police started firing on a procession brought out by the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Party (BJI) and its student organization Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir workers in support of Sunday’s countrywide general strike.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), a paramilitary force, were deployed in the area to avoid untoward incident.

Dr. Fayez Ahmad (60), Laxmipur district Jamaat deputy president, was killed allegedly by being thrown of from the roof top of his house on Friday night.

Shamsunnahar, wife of deceased, alleged that RAB, an elite force, raided Fayez's house at midnight on Friday.

She said at one stage RAB men took Dr. Fayez to the rooftop and threw him from there. Local Hospital sources said that a vehicle carrying the body of Fayez arrived at the hospital.

A key figure in the Islamist opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, Mollah was executed at the at Dhaka Central Jail on Thursday evening.

Mollah was convicted by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) of atrocities he allegedly committed during the 1971 independence war from Pakistan.

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