10 killed in Bangladesh clashes - reports

2013-05-06 09:05
A policeman walks on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh during a protest by Islamic activists. (Rahul Talukder, AP)

A policeman walks on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh during a protest by Islamic activists. (Rahul Talukder, AP)

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Dhaka — At least 10 people have died in clashes in Bangladesh between police and Islamic hardliners demanding that the country implement an anti-blasphemy law, media reports said on Monday.

The private United News of Bangladesh reported that seven people were killed early on Monday in clashes in Dhaka, and another three died in Kanchpur on the outskirts of the capital.

Police were not immediately available to comment. The reports said the violence erupted after security forces firing tear gas and rubber bullets evicted about 20 000 protesters from a central commercial district in Dhaka.

The Islamic activists have been protesting to demand that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law.

The government in this Muslim-majority nation has rejected the groups' demands, saying Bangladesh is governed by secular liberal laws.

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