Bangladesh cop shot dead in clashes with Islamists
Dhaka: A policeman was killed early Sunday in a gunfight with Islamists in a remote southern village, as violence over war crime convictions of Islamic leaders continued to mount in Bangladesh. Police said a constable was hit by a bullet after around 1,000 supporters of the country's largest Islamic part, Jamaat-e-Islami, attacked police entering a village in Khulna district and tried to detain a Jamaat activist on charges of violence.
"They attacked us with firearms. We also fired from shotguns. Constable Mofizur Rahman was hit by a bullet and died after we took him to a hospital," inspector Mominur Rahman told AFP, adding several policemen were also injured.
The killing raised the death toll to 85, including eight policemen, in clashes with Islamists since a Bangladesh tribunal announced its first war crimes verdict on January 21. Sixty-nine of the dead -- most of them Jamaat members shot by police -- have been killed since Delwar Hossain Sayedee (pic), the vice-president of Jamaat, was sentenced to death on February 28.
Three convictions by the state-appointed tribunal have triggered the worst violence in the impoverished country since independence, hitting economic growth and raising concern over political stability.
Bangladeshi academician Mohammed Abdul Mannan has said that the war crime trials are a blow to the ideology of the country's biggest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami.
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