Police Say Arson Attack on Packed Bus Kills 7 in Bangladesh

February 3, 2015 5:38 AM

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Unidentified attackers threw petrol bombs on a packed passenger bus, leaving at least seven people dead and 16 others injured early Tuesday amid a nationwide general strike enforced by an opposition alliance calling for new elections in Bangladesh.

Local police chief Uttam Chakrabarty said the pre-dawn attack took place in the eastern district of Comilla when passengers were asleep on a trip to Dhaka from the southern coastal district of Cox's Bazar. The area is about 90 kilometers (55 miles) east of the capital.

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