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Bangladesh fan killed in accident in victory celebration

world Updated: Feb 26, 2011 15:33 IST

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A cricket fan was killed and 30 others were injured in different road accidents in Dhaka as frenzied jubilation continued after Bangladesh beat Ireland in a World Cup Group B match, police said on Saturday.

The fans celebrated as if Bangladesh had won the World Cup late on Friday following the 27-run victory against Ireland, who beat the South Asian team in the second round of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

"A young fan was killed and 30 others were injured in three different road accidents during the jubilation in the city," an official of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police said.

"A truck ploughed through a jubilant march at Banani, killing the young man and injuring 10 others."

In two other similar incidents, involving cars crashing into road dividers, 15 others were injured near Dhaka University.

Wearing Bangladesh team jerseys, ecstatic fans took to the streets blowing vuvuzelas and beating drums to celebrate the win.

Some of them also showered coloured liquid in jubilation and exchanged sweets in the streets, stranding vehicles until the early hours of Saturday.

The celebrations stretched across the Bangladesh capital and also the main port city of Chittagong, the other Bangladesh match venue of the World Cup, with boys and girls dancing and running in the streets.

Four years ago in the Caribbean, Ireland sensationally defeated Pakistan in the group stages and followed it up by beating Bangladesh in the following round.