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Scores hurt in Bangladesh strike

Scores of people were injured as violence raged across Bangladesh today, the last of a three-day strike called by opposition activists in a bid to pressure the prime minister to resign.

The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the country's business body, expressed concern over the latest crisis that has killed at least 15 people since the weekend and urged both the government and opposition to resolve disputes through dialogue.

Homemade bombs exploded in parts of the country today, injuring a police official in the capital, said Sheikh Maruf Hasan, a Dhaka Metropolitan official.

Scores more have been injured across the country since Sunday, when the decades-old rivalry between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia flared anew with the nationwide strike closing down businesses and roads and government opponents clashing with police and ruling party supporters.

The opposition says the government is not capable of holding a credible vote and has threatened to boycott an election scheduled to be held by early next year unless a caretaker leader is appointed from outside of political parties.

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