Firebombing of bus and truck kill 9 in Bangladesh

AP News
Posted: Feb 07, 2015 1:24 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police say attackers threw crude fire bombs at a packed bus and a moving truck in two separate incidents in Bangladesh, leaving nine people dead and 30 others injured.

The attacks were the latest spasm of violence in a nationwide transportation blockade called by the opposition political party.

The bus was attacked late Friday night in the northern Gaibandha district while it was moving toward the capital amid a police escort. At least six people died and 30 were injured.

The second attack happened before dawn Saturday to a truck in the southern Barisal district. It killed the driver and two others.

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Authorities blame opposition activists and hired thugs for the attacks, but the opposition denies this.

At least 63 people have died since the blockade started Jan. 6.