Bangladeshi Police, Protesters Clash After Hanging Of Top Islamist Leader

Bangladesh police have fired rubber bullets at protesters after the execution of a top Islamist leader heightened tensions in a country reeling from the murders of several secular and liberal activists.

The violence came as police charged Khaleda Zia, leader of the main Bangladesh opposition, with masterminding arson attacks during anti-government protests last year.

Hours earlier, her main political ally, Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at a Dhaka jail for the massacre of intellectuals during the 1971 independence war with Pakistan.

The 1971 conflict, one of the bloodiest in world history, led to the creation of an independent Bangladesh from what was then East Pakistan.

Prosecutors said Nizami was responsible for setting up the Pro-Pakistani militia, which killed top writers, doctors and journalists in the most gruesome chapter of the war.

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