Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

Reuters News
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Posted: Nov 21, 2015 2:26 PM

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw angry reaction from supporters.

Islamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals for clemency.

(Reporting by Serajul Quadir; editing by Ralph Boulton)