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Opposition strike grips Bangladesh for second day
Police said there had been no violence on Saturday night after more than 70 people were reported injured in daytime clashes between strikers and law-enforcement agents and political rivals in Dhaka and elsewhere.
The main opposition party, the Awami League, called a three-day national strike after an explosion at a rally in the country's northeast on Thursday killed a senior party leader and four other people.
Police said the explosion, which also wounded around 70, was caused by a grenade thrown by an unknown assailant.

"We are expecting a response by Monday," Babar said.

He added that the government had also sought help from Interpol and Scotland Yard.

Thursday's blast -- the latest in a series to rock the country over the last year -- killed key Awami leader Shah Abu Mohammad Shamsul Kibria, 73, a former finance minister, U.N. official and diplomat. Kibria's nephew was among four others killed.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia condemned Kibria's death and vowed to bring his killers to justice.
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