4 killed in violence as B'desh buries executed Islamist leader

At least four people were killed today during clashes between angry Jamaat-e-Islami activists and Awami League supporters across Bangladesh, as executed Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah was buried at his hometown.

Mollah, the first person to be hanged for war crimes in 1971 independence war, was buried at the family graveyard at Amirabad village in Faridpur district around 4:20 a.m. after funeral prayers, District Magistrate Md Mamun Shiblee, who supervised the burial, was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com.

The execution of the 65-year-old Jamaat leader, infamous as 'Butcher of Mirpur', took place last night after the Supreme Court earlier in the day rejected his review petition.

Activists of Jamaat and its student wing, Chhatra Shibir, vandalised, torched and looted around 50 houses and business establishments of AL supporters and minorities in different areas of the district after Mollah's execution, said Joybeb Chowdhury, additional superintendent of police in Satkhira.

Two AL supporters and child — Azizur Rahman, 40, Judge Ali, 35, Riad Hossain, 10, — were killed in Satkhira while Jamaat activist Sukkur Ali, 25, was killed in Pirojpur, the Daily Star reported.

The paper said that in Kalaroa upazila, Jamaat-Shibir men stabbed a local leader with sharp weapons to death.

In another incident, Jamaat-Shibir activists allegedly took Judge Ali out of his house and slaughtered him at Sarashkati village in early morning, the paper added.

In Sadar upazila, police recovered a bullet-riddled body this morning.

Jamaat supporters also took out flash processions and exploded crude bombs at several other areas. They clashed with police at many places. At many places, police opened fire and shot several rounds to disperse the protesters.

Jamaat supporters torched shops owned by AL leaders and activists at different Unions at Banshkhali in Chittagong and blockaded roads.

The Islamist party has announced a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest the execution of Mollah. 

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