Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack USA envoy's cars amid protests

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack USA envoy's cars amid protests

The police denied they fired rubber bullets or tear gas at the protesters.

More than 100 people have been injured in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka as police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators protesting the transport sector, widely seen as corrupt and risky.

The report claimed that at least 150 people - including students, pedestrians, journalists and ruling party activists - were wounded in the unrest.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the protesters to go home, and authorities have reportedly shut down mobile internet services in much of the country in an apparent bid to slow down protest mobilization and the spread of material that could cause further public outrage.

Nihad El Aabedy and Raheela Mahomed report.

Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and her security team were able to get away unharmed, but two cars were damaged.

Demonstrators also gathered at Science Lab intersection, Asad Gate, Mirpur-10, Panthapath, Technical, Airport road, Mouchak intersections and Uttara House Building areas and called for improvements to road safety.

Police said they were still investigating Sunday's attack on a vehicle carrying the USA ambassador to Bangladesh by a group of armed men, some riding motorcycles.

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Student protesters shared a video shot from a balcony in Dhaka's Bashundhara, and gun shots can clearly be heard on the streets below.

The police detained three persons after dispersing the agitating students using tear gas shells.

The restrictions were imposed soon after thousands of students started protesting in recent days to protest against poor road safety following the death of Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib by the speeding bus a week ago.

Dhaka Police spokesperson Masudur Rahman said it was not true and that nothing happened at Jigatola.

Protesters, some as young as 13, have been stopping traffic on Dhaka's notoriously clogged streets to check vehicles and drivers have valid documents before letting them drive on.

"Teenagers attacked Awami League's party office".

Students in school uniforms were seen stopping drivers and asking for their driver's licenses, and blocking those who could not show one.

Police said they had not identified the attackers. More than 4,200 pedestrians were killed in road accidents in Bangladesh in 2017, a 25 per cent increase from 2016, according to private research group the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways. He lost a cousin in a road accident in Bangladesh and joined a protest in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba on Saturday.

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