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Calm Returns After Clashes Erupt During Strike in Bangladesh


Calm has been restored after Bangladeshi riot police clashed with citizens angered by the government's response to simultaneous bombings across the country earlier this week.

Several people were hurt when violence erupted in the capital, Dhaka, and other towns Saturday.

Opposition leaders led by the Awami League party of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina fault the government for failing to crack down on Islamic militants suspected of carrying out the 200 bombings on Wednesday.

The explosions killed two people and wounded many others. There has been no claim of responsibility.

Schools and businesses were closed Saturday to support for the opposition's criticism of the government's handling of the attacks. Port facilities in Chittagong, the second largest city, were also shut down.

The prime minister, who cut short a trip to China and returned home late Friday, has denounced the bombings as a "heinous, cowardly ... act of terrorism."

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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