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Army Sent to North Bangladesh as Clashes Continue

4 March 2013

Authorities deployed soldiers in a northern Bangladeshi district on Sunday after Islamic party activists clashed with police, leaving five people dead during a nationwide general strike called to denounce war crimes trials. Seven people died in similar clashes in the northwest, police and news reports said. With the latest casualties, the death toll in four days of rioting climbed to 58. The clashes broke out Thursday after a war crimes tribunal sentenced a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party, to death for atrocities committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan.—AP