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At least 18 killed in Bangladesh election violence

Police kicked a man after an attack on a polling station in Bogra, north of Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday. Opposition activists torched more than 100 polling stations.
Police kicked a man after an attack on a polling station in Bogra, north of Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday. Opposition activists torched more than 100 polling stations.Associated Press

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — Police in Bangladesh fired at protesters and opposition activists torched more than 100 polling stations Sunday during a national election boycotted by the opposition and described as flawed by the international community. At least 18 people were killed in election-related violence.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s refusal to heed opposition demands to step down and appoint a neutral caretaker to oversee the election led to the boycott, undermining the legitimacy of the vote, which is all but certain to return Hasina to power.

Opposition activists have staged attacks, strikes, and transportation blockades in unrest that has left at least 293 people dead since last year.

Voter turnout appeared low, though official numbers were not immediately known.

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