2 killed in latest Bangladesh protest

May 6, 2013, Clashes between police and protesters

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least two people were killed Friday and more than a dozen were hurt when security officials in southern Bangladesh opened fire on opposition supporters who tried to defy a ban on protests, just days before a planned national general strike.

Local police official Ranjit Kumar Barua in a coastal district of Cox’s Bazar told The Associated Press by telephone that the violence took place when opposition supporters attacked police and paramilitary border guards with sticks, ignoring a ban on rallies in the area. At least 15 people were injured in the violence, he said.

“We had no other way but to open fire,” he said.

The government has banned holding any rallies in parts of the country fearing violence as the opposition gears up for street protests.

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