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Two killed in B'desh post-poll violence: police

world Updated: Jan 03, 2009 12:08 IST

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At least two people have been killed and more than 20 injured in numerous post-election clashes between supporters of Bangladesh's two main parties, police said on Saturday.

The violence between activists of the victorious Awami League and its rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) came after an election ban on rallies was lifted on Thursday.

A BNP official died in hospital in the eastern town of Comilla after he was attacked with sticks by Awami League supporters, local police chief Nazrul Islam said.

And a woman was hacked to death in the western town of Shailkupa, where five more were also critically injured in inter-party clashes.

The Awami League won Monday's election by a landslide, taking 230 of the 300 seats in parliament. The BNP won just 29.

Police said nearly 20 more people were injured in poll-related violence in half a dozen districts where dozens of houses were ransacked.

A BNP spokesman Rizvi Ahmed said at least 1,000 party supporters and officials had been attacked and injured.

"Since the elections our men are being increasingly attacked by the supporters of the victorious party with knives, machetes and sticks," he said.

There was no independent confirmation of the BNP claim.

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