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Thousands March in Protest in Bangladesh - 2004-08-24


Opposition protesters in Bangladesh have attacked railway stations and battled police in several parts of the country at the start of a two-day nationwide strike called to protest a recent deadly grenade attack.

Police say more than 25 people were wounded in Tuesday's violence and that protesters also removed tracks at some places to stop trains from running.

The strike, called to protest Saturday's deadly grenade attack on a political rally, began with thousands of people marching in Dhaka.

The opposition Awami League called the strike, saying the attack was an attempt to kill its leader -- former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ms. Hasina escaped with minor cuts, but at least 20 people were killed and about 150 others injured.

The death toll rose to 20 today when a leader of the party's women's wing -- Ivy Rahman -- died from wounds she sustained in the blast.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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