News ID: 240418
Published: 0700 GMT March 19, 2019

7 killed in election-related attack in Bangladesh

7 killed in election-related attack in Bangladesh
This file photo shows Bangladeshi election officials counting ballots at a polling station after voting ended in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on December 30, 2018.

Police say at least seven people have been killed and 15 others wounded by gunmen who opened fire on two cars returning from a polling station with ballot boxes in southeastern Bangladesh.

Local police official Manjurul Alam said early Tuesday that the attack took place on Monday evening when the polling and security officials were returning from the polling station at Baghaichhari in Rangamati district, an area once hit by tribal insurgency, AP reported.

He said military helicopters carried 11 critically-injured people to a military hospital.

Voting was held in Rangamati to elect local government officials, but some candidates boycotted the polls, citing irregularities.

It was not clear who were behind the attacks. Several armed tribal groups are active in the area.


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