4 killed, scores injured in protests in Bangladesh

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DHAKA, March 26 (Xinhua) — At least four people died in Bangladesh after a clash with police in the Hathazari area on the outskirts of the seaport city Chattogram Friday afternoon, Alauddin Talukdar, an official of Chattogram Medical College Hospital, told journalists.

He said on-duty doctors declared the four people dead when they were brought from Hathazari, where activists of religious group Hefazat-e-Islam fought with law enforcers for hours in protest of a foreign leader’s visit.

Violence in Chattogram and elsewhere in the country left streets in flames and continued to escalate, leaving scores of others injured.

At least 50 people, including two journalists, were reportedly injured as a clash broke out between a group of protesters and a team of police in the Baitul Mukarram National Masjid area here on Friday afternoon.

Additional law enforcement personnel were deployed Friday in Dhaka to strengthen surveillance especially in the diplomatic areas following days of clashes in Dhaka. Enditem

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