Bangladeshi opposition leader attacked weeks before national elections


Ruling party activists in Bangladesh attacked a veteran opposition leader on Friday as he travelled through Dhaka, the opposition said, injuring about 12 supporters and inflaming tension just over two weeks before a general election.

Kamal Hossain, an octogenarian Oxford-educated international jurist now heading an opposition alliance, was not hurt when his convoy was attacked by men wielding sticks and stones as he returned from placing flowers on a memorial to victims of Bangladesh's independence war, an opposition spokesman.

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