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  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Major Languages: Bengali
  • Currency: Taka
  • Timezone: GMT +6:00

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There is a high degree of political instability in Bangladesh, which often results in violent protests and country-wide general strikes. Political parties including the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and ruling Awami League (AL) usually instigate the rival protests and strikes (hartals), sometimes at very short notice. The country's security forces normally respond to protests aggressively, and serious injuries regularly occur during these events. In 2013 around 500 people were killed and more than 22,000 others wounded in political unrest, while the following year the Awami League won the general elections thanks to an opposition boycott. In January, 2015 the BNP's leader, Khaleda Zia, launched a general strike in an attempt to force fresh elections, leaving the country paralysed.  Recently there has also been politically-motivated violence linked to the Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami, which has its historical roots in the struggle for independence in India in the 1940s.  Several of the groups' senior figures were found guilty of war crimes during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, and since 2013 four Jamaat leaders have been executed.  There have been a series of protests linked to the executions, and the Jamaat continues to have a significant support base within Bangladesh.

Since 2015 Islamist militants have killed more than 20 secular bloggers, academics, members of religious minorities and people from LGBT communities.  The majority of the targeted killings have taken place in Dhaka, but there have been cases across the country. The internal militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have been implicated in several of the attacks, while the Islamic State (IS) have also claimed responsibility for some of them.  Most of the attacks have generally been crude, with small groups of assailants targeting individuals with knives and machetes.  However that changed in July, 2016 when a group of militants opened fire on the Holey Artisan Bakery in the Gulshan area of Dhaka.  The gunmen killed two police officers before taking dozens of people hostage.  At the end of a 12-hour siege 20 civilians - including 18 foreign nationals - had been killed along with six militants.  The Islamic State (IS) promptly claimed responsibility, although Bangladesh's government has blamed the JMB.

In the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of south-east Bangladesh there is an increased risk of ethnic violence and kidnapping. Tribal groups fought for autonomy from 1975 until 1997, when the government signed a peace accord with the Jana Samhati Samiti (JSS) political group. In subsequent years there have been sporadic outbreaks of tribal violence in the Tracts, and foreign nationals intending to travel to the area are required to give the Bangladeshi authorities 10 days’ prior notice. In 2011 two Danish nationals and a British man were kidnapped in the Tracts and held for more than a month before being released. In late-2013 three Indian nationals were abducted in the area and held for almost six months.  In October, 2015 two tourists and their guide were abducted by gunmen in Rangamati, a capital of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.  There are also criminal groups who carry out kidnapping across Bangladesh, but these group generally target domestic nationals.  Children are often abducted in such attacks and ransom demands are typically between $5-50k.

Crime rates in the country are relatively high, especially in the major cities of Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong. Foreign nationals have been targeted while riding in rickshaws (CNGs) or walking around isolated urban areas. Thefts have also been reported at the international airports at Dhaka and Sylhet. Robberies are often perpetrated with use of firearms or knives, and any victims of crime are advised not to offer any resistance. There is also a high rate of violence against women in Bangladesh, including serious sexual assaults. Security officials have also been accused of demanding bribes from foreign nationals.

An ongoing migrant crisis has emerged in southern Chittagong along the border with neighbouring Myanmar, where more than 750,000 Rohingya Muslims fled military persecution in the Rakhine state, seeking refuge across the Bangladesh border. Villages of Rohingya refugee camps have been established throughout the southern border area and there has been a notable increase in violent crime in these areas in recent years. Being situated on the other side of the Naf River from Myanmar, the Rohingya refugee camps have also been adversely affected by severe flooding. In July 2019, heavy downpours led to floods which forced at least 2,700 Rohingyas to evacuate camps. Relief groups have also warned that, due to impoverished conditions, floods have caused widespread outbreaks of disease across refugee camps. In 2020, the building of a new refugee facility on the remote island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal continued to cause upset amongst human rights group, who claim the island's vulnerability to storms and flooding make it hazardous for refugees. In January 2021, plans to relocate 2,000-3,000 Rohingya refugees to the facility were confirmed, with authorities citing severe overcrowding in Cox's Bazar. Dhaka has dismissed concerns regarding floods, highlighting the construction of a two-metre-high, 12km-long embankment - built to protect the island from storms, as well as hospitals and cyclone centres. It's claimed the facility can house as many as 100,000 refugees.

Bangladesh is regularly affected by widespread flooding and strong winds during the monsoon season, which usually takes place between June and September. In 2007 South Asia experienced devastating flooding, which in Bangladesh resulted in more than five million people being displaced and an estimated death toll of 500. In June, 2017, heavy rain caused a series of fatal landslides and floods which killed over 150 people over the course of two days. Around half of the country is located in an area of high seismic activity, and moderate strength tremors are often reported.  A 6,7-magnitude quake hit the Indian state of Manipur in January, 2016, killing at least three people and wounding dozens more in Bangladesh.  A similar strength quake hit Myanmar in April, 2016, causing damage to buildings in Chittagong and tremors in Dhaka.

Bangladesh is among a number of countries worldwide which have been badly hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

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Bangladeshi journalist killed after covering local drug trade

Bangladeshi authorities should conduct an efficient investigation into the murder of a local journalist and ensure the killers are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sadrul Alam Nipul was a reporter for the local Bengali-language daily Dainik Mathabhanga.

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Two killed in Dhaka shooting

Two people have been killed and six others have also been wounded following a recent shooting incident in the Narsingdi district of Dhaka. The shooting allegedly occurred in the Madhabdi area of Narsingdi on Wednesday evening at around 20:30 local time, when two opposing groups of Awami League members apparently clashed in an incident which escalated quickly and violently. No suspects have been arrested so far as police investigations get underway.

Five police killed in Faridpur mob attack

Five police personnel have allegedly been killed and another five have also been injured after they were attacked by a mob in Faridpur, Dhaka. The attack reportedly happened overnight in the Pukhuria area of Faridpur district on Monday evening. Following the incident, police investigations into the attack have been launched, with at least 10 arrests made in connection with the mob attack. The suspects have been detained for questioning as investigations into the motive behind the attack continue.

Police bust trafficking gang

Police in Bangladesh have busted a trafficking gang. Eleven suspected members of the gang have been arrested in a recent operation, which targeted a gang suspected of luring girls and women into the Indian sex trade using social media platform TikTok. According to reports, victims were smuggled into neighbouring India and forced into sex work. The gang's alleged ringleader Rafizul Islam Ridoy - aka 'TikTok Ridoy' - would allegedly make false promises to girls on TikTok, claiming he could make them into models. Nine suspects, including Ridoy, were detained in Bangladesh while two others were detained in India's Bengaluru - all Bangladeshi nationals.

Rohingya protest living conditions on Bhasan Char island

Rohingya refugees have staged a protest on Bhasan Char island over the poor living conditions at the refugee facility there. Police estimate that around 4,000 refugees have taken part in the demonstration, which occurred as UN officials arrived on the remote island to visit the facility - the building of which drew global criticism due to flooding concerns on the cyclone-prone island. The protest reportedly turned violent, with demonstrators throwing bricks and breaking windows, prompting police to use batons to disperse the crowd, leaving several protesters injured. 

Preacher detained in 'anti-terrorism' case

A popular preacher has reportedly been detained in an 'anti-terrorism' case in Kushtia. Amir Hamza was reportedly arrested by police in a raid at his home on charges of inciting militants. Hamza's arrest is the latest detention of a high-profile religious leader to be made following deadly unrest in response to a visit to Bangladesh by India's Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March. A court has reportedly remanded Hamza for 10 days for questioning. It's claimed investigators found videos of Hamza's speeches in the mobile phone of a suspect detained earlier this month over an alleged plot to attack Bangladesh's parliament.

Suspect shot dead in Mirpur

A suspected criminal has allegedly been shot dead by the security forces in Mirpur, Dhaka. The incident occurred on Friday in the Lakshimpur area of Mirpur, where the security forces were apparently attempting to apprehend the suspect in connection with a murder case. The suspect reportedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the security forces, triggering a fatal gunfight. No other casualties have been reported following the incident.

Journalists protest in Khulna

Large groups of journalists have launched a protest in Daulatpur, Khulna Division. The demonstration has been held outside the Daulatpur Press Club near the Daulatpur-Pragpur Road on Thursday. According to local reports, the journalists decided to launch the demonstration to protest against the imprisonment and alleged harassment of a prominent reporter. Some disruption was reported around the site of the protest, with further demonstrations likely to occur over the next few days.

Journalist detained for Covid-19 reporting

A journalist has reportedly been detained in Bangladesh over her reporting on the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rozina Islam faces allegations of stealing documents whilst investigating corruption in the health ministry during the pandemic. Islam's reporting was largely critical of the health authorities and is known for unearthing government corruption. Her arrest has triggered protests in Dhaka by hundreds of fellow reporters, with rights groups saying her detention matches an observed trend of increasing crackdowns targeting media during the Covid-19 crisis.

Two terror suspects detained in Dhaka

Two suspected terrorists have been detained in Dhaka by counter-terrorism police for allegedly planning an attack on parliament. According to recent reports, the two suspects were apprehended during counter-terror operations on Thursday. Both suspects are accused of conspiring to carry out a potentially deadly terrorist attack on the Bangladesh National Parliament building. Further details surrounding the arrests, such as the suspects' identities and possible motives, have yet to be released as investigations remain ongoing.

Five killed in Madaripur stampede

Five people have reportedly died after a stampede broke out in Madaripur, Dhaka. The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday shortly before midday, when a large group of passengers were getting off a ferry at the Bangla Bazar Ghat boat ramp in the Ichanagar area. While five deaths have been reported, at least 33 others were also injured in the stampede. Investigations into the incident remain ongoing.

First cases of Indian Covid-19 variant confirmed

The first confirmed cases of the Covid-19 variant which originally emerged in neighbouring India (variant B.1.617) have been reported in Bangladesh. The cases were detected over the weekend and are thought to be the country's first cases of the highly infectious variant. According to local reports, two patients who were screened at a hospital in Dhaka have been identified as having been infected with the B.1.617 variant. They are now being treated in isolation while contact tracing efforts get underway.

Fatal shooting kills one in Rajshahi

A fatal shooting incident has been reported in the Bogura area of Rajshahi. The victim was confirmed dead by police on Tuesday morning following an incident which occurred along the Bogura-Natore highway near Krishi College at around 09:30 local time. Reports indicate the victim was shot dead by two unidentified armed assailants on a motorbike whilst travelling along the highway. The shooting appears to have been a targeted killing - the motive behind which has yet to be determined as investigations go forward.

Dozens killed in boat crash

At least 26 people have been killed after a speedboat crashed with another vessel on the Padma River. The boat was carrying 36 people from the town of Mawa when the accident happened near the rural town of Shibchar. “We have so far recovered 26 bodies, including a woman. We have also rescued five injured people, including three children,” police official Amir Hossain said. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

Chemical factory fire kills two in Dhaka

Two fatalities have been confirmed following a fire which broke out in a chemical warehouse in Armanitola, Dhaka. The blaze was reported on Friday morning, during the early hours, at around 03:15 local time. The local fire service were dispatched to the site in response to the fire and managed to contain it before eventually extinguishing the blaze. While two people have been killed as a result of the fire, an additional 23 others have also been injured, including at least five firefighters. The cause of the fire remains the subject of ongoing investigation.

Hefazat-e-Islam leader detained in Dhaka

A prominent leader of Hefazat-e-Islam has reportedly been detained by the authorities in Bashabo, Dhaka. According to local reports, the suspect has been identified as Korban Ali (aka Gurban Ali Kasemi) and he was detained by police at his private residential property in a raid operations, launched by police on Tuesday evening. The police are holding the suspect on charges linked to his suspected involvement with violence which broke out in Motijheel eight years ago.

Awami League stage protests in Noakhali

Supporters of the Awami League have joined in protests which were recently held in the Noakhali district (aka Bhulua) in the Chittagong Division . The protests were reportedly held on Monday evening in the Companiganj area, where separate rallies allegedly took place. Other demonstrations by Awami League supporters were also held in the Basurhat municipality later that same evening. The protests were apparently organised in response to a recent attack on local Awami League party leaders. Some general disruption has been reported and further rallies remain possible.

Nationwide lockdown extended

A nationwide lockdown which is currently in place in Bangladesh has been extended for another week. The Bangladeshi government government the move on Monday, stating that it's hoped the week-long extension of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will help curb the spread of the virus, as cases continue to rise. The extension means that from Thursday 22 April, nationwide lockdown measures will remain in effect until Wednesday 28 April. During this time, the suspension of all international flight will also be extended.

Five shot dead during protest at power plant

At least five people have been shot dead and several others wounded after police opened fire on a protest at a power plant in southern Bangladesh. A group of workers were demanding a pay rise at a Chinese-backed coal power plant in Banshkhali. Rights activists say the plant does not meet environmental impact standards and was built without public consultation.

Jessore IED blast kills one

A suspected bomb explosion has reportedly killed one person and injured at least two others in the Jessore area of the Khulna Division. According to local reports, the blast occurred on Thursday afternoon in Jessore's Keshabpur and came from an improvised explosive device (IED). Preliminary police investigations into the deadly blast suggest the IED was triggered accidentally. Further details have yet to be confirmed as investigations continue.

Deadly clash reported in Madaripur

A fatal clash has reportedly broke out between rival groups in the Shibchar area of Madaripur. The clash allegedly occurred on Wednesday afternoon in the Dikrirchar area, where two opposing groups apparently become engaged in a dispute, which escalated violently. One person has been confirmed dead following the incident. No other casualties have been reported. The police responded to the scene and dispersed the fight - the cause of which has yet to be determined, although no arrests have been made thus far as investigations into the deadly altercation are launched.

Nationwide lockdown to be imposed

A nationwide lockdown is due to be imposed across Bangladesh from Wednesday 14 April. The lockdown measure will initially remain in effect for at least one week, with a provisional expiry date of Wednesday 21 April, although an extension could be granted if Covid-19 cases continue to rise. The measures comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the country. The lockdown means all modes of transport, bar emergency and essential travel, will be suspended. All non-essential shops and shopping centres must remain closed, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate takeaway service. All government and private offices must also close.

Three shot in protest over Covid restrictions

Three people have been shot after protesters attacked a police station in the Faridpur district of Bangladesh. A group of demonstrators gathered in the town of Saltha on Monday evening to complain about police enforcement of restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19. Rumours spread that a man had been wounded by police at a local market, sparking a mob that stormed the local station. “Police fired in self-defence after they attacked the police station,” a police spokesman in Faridpur district told AFP news agency.

Mob kills man in Gopalganj

A man has reportedly been killed by a mob in the Gopalganj area of Dhaka Division on Monday. The mob attack allegedly occurred during the earlier hours of Monday morning, at around 04:00 local time in the village of Rasulpur. According to recent local reports, the man was apprehended by a large group of angry local residents and accused of theft. Shortly after the accusations were made, members of the crowd began to chase the suspect - identified as 40-year-old Pannu Talukder - before beating him up. The police intervened in the attack; however, Talukder reportedly died on the way to the hospital. One arrest has been made in connection with the incident.

Two die amid anti-Modi protests

Two people have been reported dead after violent protests broke out in Bangladesh against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Increasingly violent anti-Modi protests have been taking place across several major towns and cities over the last week, to protest against Modi's visit to the country. The latest clashes occurred over the weekend, with two dying amid clashes between protesters and police. In total, at least 13 deaths have been reported in connection with anti-Modi protests so far. Following the deadly clashes, protesters set fire to tyres and blocked a road during a nationwide strike in Narayanganj on Sunday. Protests have mostly been fuelled by the religious hardline group Hefazat-e-Islam, which has accused Modi of stoking communal violence against Muslims within India.

Deadly clashes reported in Belkuchi

Deadly clashes have reportedly broken out between two rival groups in Belkuchi Upazila of the Rajshahi Division. The fighting was reported on Thursday, when an altercation between two groups allegedly escalated violently in the Bainaganti Uttarpara area. According to local reports, the clash stemmed from an ongoing dispute concerning a local committee. One person has since been confirmed dead, while at least five others were also injured in the skirmish. No arrests have been made thus far.

Three killed amid protests in Chattogram

Three people have reportedly been killed amid protests in Chattogram.  According to reports, the demonstration which was held on Friday had been organised to protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. The protest was held outside the Hathazari Madrasa on Chittagong-Khagrachhari Road in the Hathazari area of the city. The fatalities are understood to be the result of the demonstration suddenly turning violent. It is unclear if any arrests have been made.

Gaibandha bomb blast kills three

A suspected bomb explosion in the Gaibandha area of Rangpur Division has allegedly left three people dead. The blast reportedly occurred on Thursday afternoon, at around 15:30 local time, when an explosion hit a private residential property in the Gobindaganj area of Gaibandha. According to reports, the police believe the blast was a targeted attack and have already arrested a suspect in connection with the attack. While three deaths have been confirmed following the incident, another three people were also injured in the explosion.

Three killed in Munshiganj stabbing

Three people have been killed following a stabbing incident which happened overnight in Munshiganj, Dhaka. Police reports indicate the stabbing occurred outside one of the victim's residences at around 23:30 local time late on Wednesday evening, when two opposing groups of people allegedly became engaged in a dispute which escalated violently. The police have launched a full investigation into the incident and have made at least 10 arrests in connection with the fatal stabbing so far.

Police clash with protesters in Motijheel

Violent clashes have reportedly broken out between Bangladeshi police officers and groups of protesters in the Motijheel area of Dhaka. As many as 10 people have allegedly been wounded amid the clashes, which were first reported on Thursday morning. The violence apparently broke out during a protest which had been organised in response to the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The demonstration and subsequent clashes took place in the Shapla Chattar area of Motijheel. No arrests have been made following the incident.

Rohingya refugee camp fire death toll rises

The death toll from a huge fire which broke out in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar has risen to 15 confirmed fatalities, while hundreds more still remain missing. The blaze spread rapidly through the Kutupalong camp in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, engulfing four blocks of closely-cramped living quarters of thousands of refugees. As many as 400 people still remain unaccounted for as search and rescue operations continue. The cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed, but is thought to be linked to an explosion from a gas cylinder. The full extent of the damage inflicted by the blaze has yet to be assessed, but tens of thousands have reportedly been left homeless. Refugee aid groups estimate between 40,500 and 50,000 people have been affected by the fire.

Fire sweeps through refugee camp

A large fire has reportedly broken out in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, sweeping through the tightly cramped quarters and causing significant widespread damage. Hundreds of tents have been destroyed, along with health centres and other key facilities. The blaze erupted late on Monday afternoon and spread quickly through four blocks. While no casualties have immediately been reported, deaths and injuries are feared as the fire is brought under control. Firefighters initially struggled to reach the blaze due to the hilly terrain, but have since reached it and have been able to prevent it spreading further but have yet to extinguish it entirely. It's believed the fire started from a liquefied petroleum gas cylinder explosion.

Clashes break out between rival groups in Bagerhat

Violent clashes have broken out between two opposing rival political groups in Bagerhat, Khulna Division. The fracas has left at least 15 people injured, after supporters of two political candidates clashed on Thursday evening. The altercation reportedly occurred near the private residence of a local political candidate in Sadar Upazila. An investigation into the incident has been launched and remains ongoing.

Hospital fire kills three in Dhaka

A hospital fire has reportedly killed at least three people after a blaze broke out in the ICU unit at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday. The fire allegedly started when a high-pressure oxygen device exploded on Wednesday morning at around 08:00 local time. According to reports, the unit where the fire broke out was being used to treat Covid-19 patients. 

UN team visits controversial refugee island

The UN has dispatched a team to a controversial refugee facility built on a remote island in the Bay of Bengal. The UN delegation are carrying out a three-day visit to Bhasan Char island, where more than 13,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar have been relocated. Bangladesh says relocation from overcrowded refugee camps in Cox's Bazar is voluntary; however, there have been contradictory reports of a first group being coerced into relocating there. The island facility has come under harsh criticism from human rights groups, due to concern the island is vulnerable to floods.

Police clash with illegal fishermen in Chandpur

Police officers in Chandpur have clashed with a group of illegal fishermen, resulting in a shootout which left at least one dead. According to reports, the police opened fire on the fishermen after an altercation broke out during a police operation in the Mohanpur area of Chandpur on Tuesday. While one of the three fishermen was shot dead, the other two were detained by police. According to reports, the trio had been illegally fishing on the Meghna River.

Protesters clash with police in Narayanganj

Clashes have reportedly broken out between protesters and the police in the city of Narayanganj, Dhaka Division. According to reports, the clashes were reported on Tuesday evening, when approximately 30 people were injured during a demonstration which was intercepted by police officers near the Chashara Intersection. The police had been deployed to disperse the crowds; however, clashes broke out with protesters vandalising at least 10 vehicles. Disruption was reported throughout the immediate vicinity.

Drug traffickers killed in Teknaf shootout

Two suspected drug traffickers have allegedly been killed in a recent shootout with the police in Teknaf, Chittagong. The crossfire occurred on Tuesday during the early hours of the morning in the Nazirpara area. According to local reports, the security forces attempted to apprehend the suspects; however, they resisted arrests and opened fire, triggering a fatal exchange of gunfire which left two suspects dead and two security personnel injured. Various weapons and narcotics have been seized by the security forces from the site of the clash.

Local leader killed in Singair

A local leader of the Bangladesh Chhatra League has reportedly been killed in an attack in Singair Upazila, Dhaka. Recent reports suggest the attack occurred overnight, during the early hours of Tuesday morning. It's claimed the victim was targeted near the Singair bus stand in an attack led by rival Samrik League leaders at around 01:30 local time. Police have launched investigations and are looking into claims of the attack being politically motivated. No arrests have been made thus far.

Protest held at Dhaka University

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Dhaka to demonstrate over the death of a writer in prison. The protesters gathered at Dhaka University campus and proceeded to march through the streets of the capital towards the home ministry on Monday to demand the release of seven student activists who were detained during another recent protest denouncing of writer Mushtaq Ahmed - who was arrested last year on charges of violating a sweeping digital security law which critics claim stifles free speech. Some 300 students and activists have taken part in the demonstration. Demonstrators have also called for the annulment of the controversial law.

Protests erupt over dissident writer's death in prison

Protests have erupted over the death of Mushtaq Ahmed, a dissident writer who was arrested last year on charges of violating the Digital Security Act (DSA). Ahmed's death in the high-security Kashimpur jail in Gazipur has triggered widespread anger across Dhaka, reigniting anger over the DSA, which critics claim stifles freedom of speech. The cause of Ahmed's death has not immediately been clarified as an investigation gets underway. Protests have been taking place near Dhaka University on Friday, with demonstrators calling for justice over Ahmed's detention and demise.

Bus crash kills seven in Sylhet

A bus crash involving two public buses has killed at least seven people in the Sylhet Division. The accident occurred on Friday morning in Rashidpur, when two buses travelling along the Dhaka-Sylhet highway collided. Initial reports from the scene indicate seven fatalities have been confirmed, while several others have also been wounded. The cause of the deadly accident is currently being investigated.

Three suspects killed in Teknaf shooting

Three suspected terrorists have reportedly been killed in a recent police shooting incident in Teknaf, Chittagong. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening, when police operations were carried out near Rohingya refugee camps, which led to a stand-off between police officers and suspected members of a terrorist group known as 'Zakir Bahini'. According to local reports, the suspects opened fire, triggered a fatal gunfight which left three suspects dead and one police officer injured.

Building collapse traps several in Keraniganj

A building collapse has trapped several people in the Keraniganj area of Dhaka. The three-storey building came down on Friday morning. The emergency services have responded to the scene and rescued at least seven people from the debris. It's feared an unknown number of people could still be trapped under the rubble as rescue operations continue at the scene. The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

Protesters block highway in Sylhet

Protesting transport workers have reportedly blocked the highway in Sylhet as part of a demonstration against the planned removal of an illegal microbus stand in the area. According to reports, the police were dispatched to the Chowhatta area to intervene and disperse protesters, leading to clashes in which at least one person was arrested while several others were reportedly injured. 

Eight hardliners sentenced to death

Eight members of a banned hardliner armed group have been sentenced to death by a court in Dhaka. The death sentences have been issued in connection with the 2015 murder of Faysal Arefin Dipon - publishers of Bangladesh's Jagriti Prokashoni. Dipon was hacked to death in his office in Shahbagh by members of outlawed group, Ansar al-Islam - believed to be a local al-Qaeda affiliate. The killing came as one of many in a wave of violence targeting secular activists, bloggers, and atheist writers between 2013 and 2016.

Rival political groups clash in Tangail

At least one person has been killed and several others have also been injured after clashes broke out between rival political groups in the Tangail area of Dhaka on Monday. The fighting reportedly broke out in the Bhuarchak area of Tangail's Gopalpur on Monday evening, when members of opposing political groups became involved in a dispute which escalated violently during a municipality election. Eight arrests have been made in connection with the violence.

More Rohingya refugees relocated to remote island

More Rohingya refugees are reportedly due to be relocated to a refugee facility on a remote island which has stirred up controversy amongst human rights groups. An estimated 2,000 - 3,000 refugees are expected to be moved to the Bhasan Char facility in the Bay of Bengal, despite international criticism and complaints by rights groups over the island's vulnerability to storms and flooding. Some 3,500 refugees have already been relocated to the island from neighbouring Myanmar since early December and reports of poor living conditions in the facilities have since sparked further concern. The Bangladeshi government claims the relocations are necessary due to severe overcrowding in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. Dhaka has also dismissed concerns of floods, highlighting the construction of a two-metre-high, 12km-long embankment - built to protect the island from storms, as well as hospitals and cyclone centres. It's claimed the facility can house as many as 100,000 refugees.


Six injured as political groups clash in Barguna

Six casualties have been reported following a clash between rival political groups in Barguna, Barisal. The incident occurred on Tuesday in Ward No. 3 of Barguna city, where supporters of two opposing political figures clashed. The altercation came ahead of upcoming municipal elections and involved groups of supporters of municipal councillor candidates Al-Amin and Mizanur Rahman Khokon. The elections are scheduled for 30 January. The police are understood to have responded to the scene and brought it under control, although the precise cause of the clash has yet to be determined. All of injured have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Violent clash breaks out in Cox's Bazar

A violent clash has broken out in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, between two rival groups. The fight has left one person dead, prompting further investigations by the authorities. Initial investigations suggest the clash broke out during the early hours of Monday morning, at around 03:00 local time in the Palongkhali Rohingya Refugee camp in Ukhiya Upazila. It's understood two rival groups of refugees stationed in the camp engaged in an altercation which escalated violently, leading to the person's death. No arrests have been made thus far as investigations continue.

One killed in robbery attempt, Dhaka

A man has been killed in an attempted robbery which occurred in the Narayanganj area of Dhaka over the weekend. The incident allegedly happened on Sunday morning in the Devai area near the Dhaka-Sylhet highway. According to reports, two victims were targeted by an unidentified assailant who tried to rob them, triggering a fatal scuffle to break out. While one victim has since been confirmed dead, the second has been reported as injured. The suspect is reported to have fled the scene.

Fire breaks out in refugee schools in Chittagong

A fire has reportedly broken out in several refugee school buildings in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong. The blaze has reportedly spread through four UNICEF schools in the Rohingya refugee camp. Due to the cramped and close quarters of the camp, the fire spread quickly overnight. No casualties have been reported following the incident. Preliminary findings suggest the blaze was most likely started by arson. Investigations remain ongoing. Fires in refugee camps can often prove fatal as they typically spread rapidly and uncontrollably.

Fire breaks out in Rohingya camp, Cox's Bazar

A destructive fire has broken out in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong. The blaze reportedly broke out during the early hours of Thursday morning at around 03:00 local time in the Nayapara camp in Teknaf Upazila. According to reports, no fatalities have been reported; however, an unconfirmed number of people are thought to have been injured in the fire - the cause of which remains unclear as investigations get underway. An estimated 400 structures have apparently been destroyed in the blaze. Fires in refugee camps often spread rapidly and uncontrollably due to their closely confined and cramped nature, meaning casualty figures are often high.

Factory workers protest in Gazipur

Factory workers in Gazipur, Dhaka, have launched a protest over unpaid wages. The protest was reportedly organised by workers after they failed to receive their wages from the factory. On Thursday, the demonstrators congregated on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway next to the East West Industrial Park building where they work, causing significant traffic disruption and travel delays throughout the surrounding area. 

Suspect killed in police shootout

A suspected criminal has reportedly been killed in a recent shootout with the police in Teknaf, Chittagong. The shootout occurred on Tuesday in the Mithapanir Chhara Bazar area, where police personnel were escorting a man who had been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing. The police were ambushed by a number of attackers - thought to be accomplices of the detainee. While at least one suspect was killed in the subsequent crossfire which broke out, three police officers were also injured.

Fatal stabbing reported in Barisal

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in the Jhalokati area of Barisal. The victim was reportedly accosted by a number of unidentified assailants on Sunday evening near Dapadapiya Zero Point in the Nalchiti subdistrict. The police have confirmed the killing, stated that the victim was stabbed by death in an armed attack - the motives behind which still remain unclear as investigations continue.

Deadly stabbing reported in Jessore

A deadly stabbing incident has been reported in Jessore, Khulna. According to local reports, the incident occurred over the weekend in the Sharsha area, where one person was allegedly stabbed to death by an unidentified suspect in the village of Agrabhulot on Saturday afternoon. No suspects have been identified in connection with the case thus far as police continue to investigate the killing.

Deadly stabbing reported in Rajshahi

A deadly knife attack has been reported in the Sirajganj area of the Rajshahi division. The stabbing allegedly occurred on Tuesday evening at around 19:30 local time in the Randhunibari area of Belkuchi Upazila. According to reports, the victims have been identified in local media as a father and son, who were both hacked to death in what appears to have been a targeted attack. No suspects have been identified thus far and the motive behind the incident remains under investigation.

Road accident kills five in Dhaka

A road accident has killed five people in the Dhaka Division. The accident occurred on Tuesday morning in the Tangail Sadar subdistrict amid low visibility due to heavy fog. While five have been confirmed dead, another two people were also injured in the accident, which occurred along the Dhaka-Tangail highway when two trucks collided head-on. The collision was most likely caused by the adverse weather conditions.

UPDF member killed in Rangamati gunfight

A member of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) has reportedly been killed in a gunfight in the Rangamati district of Chittagong division. The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday in the Naniarchar area, where the government security forces allegedly came under fire whilst out on an army patrol. Security personnel returned fire, sparking a fatal gunfight which left one suspected UDPF member dead. Various arms and ammunition have been recovered from the deceased.

Rights groups urge suspension of Rohingya relocation

Human rights groups have urged Dhaka to suspend plans to relocate Rohingya refugees. The relocation plan has drawn considerable criticism from rights groups as it proposes relocating thousands of refugees to a remote flood-prone island. Dedicated refugee camps were built on the island to house the increasing number of Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh from Myanmar. The first group of refugees were housed on the island earlier this year as a way of quarantining new arrivals amid the Covid-19 pandemic; however, already reports of squalid conditions have emerged from the site. The first group of refugees to be relocated from Cox's Bazar are scheduled to leave for the camp on Thursday. Rights groups argue that no refugees should be moved to the facility until all human rights and humanitarian concerns have been resolved.

Families of freedom fighters protest in Dhaka

Family members of freedom fighters in government services have staged a protest in Dhaka. The demonstration was held in the Ramna area on Wednesday, outside the Press Club of the Secretariat. According to reports, the protest was organised to put pressure on the government to reinstate quotas for freedom fighters.

Building fire kills one in Chittagong

One person has died and eight others have also been injured following a building fire in Chittagong. The fire reportedly broke out in a residential building in the Uttar Kattali area of the city on Sunday evening. A preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicated the accident was sparked by a short circuit.

Protest held against alleged attacks on Hindus

Protests have been held in Dhaka against alleged attacks targeting the Hindu community in Manikganj. Demonstrators took part in the rally on Friday, forming a human chain as a form of protest following the vandalism of a Hindu temple in Comilla and the seizure of land from the Sri Sri Loknath Baba temple in Tangail. The protest was organised by members of Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mahajot, Hindu Juba Jote, and Hindu Chhatra Mahajot.

Thousands attend anti-France rally in Bangladesh

Police estimate as many as 50,000 people have attended an anti-France rally in Dhaka. The protest was organised in response to French President Emmanuel Macron's stance on the right to publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The demonstrators were allegedly stopped by security from reaching the French embassy, having started the rally at the country's biggest mosque. The march was over two kilometres long and drew huge crowds demanding a boycott of French products. Organisers claim up to 100,000 people took part in the protest. Macron's stance has been widely branded as 'anti-Muslim' and has prompted global backlash, with numerous Muslim-majority countries holding protests and joining calls for boycotts.

Protesters gather outside foreign ministry

A group of protesters has reportedly gathered outside the foreign ministry in Dhaka. According to reports, the demonstration has been convened to demand visas to Malaysia. Hundreds of people have taken part in the protest, which has blocked the road in front of the ministry building. The protest was organised by Bangladeshi citizens demanding an extension or issuance of visas to Malaysia, where many of those taking part in the demonstration work.

Man lynched for Quran desecration

A man in northern Bangladesh has reportedly been lynched for allegedly desecrated the Quran - the Muslim holy book. It's been reported that the man was attacked by hundreds of people in the town of Burimari in the Lalmonirhat district on Thursday. The victim was one of two men who were in official custody after being accused of stepping on a Quran in the town's main mosque. It's claimed the men told the imam at the mosque that hardline fighters may have used the building to store illegal arms, prompting a search for weapons. According to reports, the men searched a shelf where the Quran and Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) were kept, and in doing so, treated them in a disrespectful way. The incident led to an altercation with officials taking both men into custody on site; however, several hundred people stormed the scene overnight, taking one of the men to a nearby area where they beat him before setting his body on fire. The second man has been taken into protective custody by police. A police search of the premises found no weapons at the mosque. The incident came amid mounting anger in the Muslim-majority country over allegedly Islamophobic comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Rally to take place outside French embassy

A rally is due to take place in Dhaka on Saturday, which will see participants gather at the National Press Club in Motijheel before marching to the French embassy. The protest has been organised by Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB) to protest comments made by the French President Emmanuel Macron in support of the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad - a highly offensive issue in Islam. Further protests are expected to take place over the next few days. People have been advised to avoid areas which could become flashpoints and be aware of the likelihood for disruption.

Rally calls for boycott of French products

A huge rally has been taking place in Dhaka, calling for a boycott of French goods amid an escalating row over France's tougher stance on radical Islam. Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the protest, with police estimates placing the number of attendees at around 40,000. The march was organised by Islami Andolan Bangladesh - one of the country's largest Islamist parties. Police stopped protesters from reaching the French embassy in Dhaka; however, protesters reportedly burned an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron, who defended a recently murdered teacher's right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad - something which is widely perceived as offensive in Islam. The teacher was beheaded by a Muslim man earlier this month in an attack motivated by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet in a class about free speech. Protesters in Bangladesh join Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in calling for a boycott of French goods. The French government's crackdown on radical Islamist groups following the killing, paired with Macron's defence of French secularism, have caused tensions to flare with Muslim-majority countries worldwide - leading to the calls for boycotts.

Nine new dengue cases detected

Nine new cases of dengue fever have been reported in Bangladesh over the last 24 hours. The latest batch of confirmed cases takes the country's total number of infections to 585 since the beginning of the year. The number marks a significant decline in cases compared to last year, when a dengue outbreak infected over 101,000 people and killed at least 179. Concerns have been raised that dengue cases could be going undetected due to the intense focus on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic; however, most health experts agree the dengue outbreak has largely been contained.

Five men sentenced to death for gang rape

Five men have been sentenced to death by a court in Bangladesh for the 2012 gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. The death sentences were handed down by a court in the northern district of Tangail on Thursday and come amid growing public anger over increasing sexual violence. The sentencing is the first conviction since the government introduced the death penalty for rape earlier this week.

Death penalty approved for rape cases

The Indian government has approved changes to law which will make severe sexual assault crimes punishable by death. The changes have been approved following unprecedented protests across much of the country following recent rape cases. The amendment says anyone convicted of rape will be punished with death or "rigorous imprisonment" for life. Previously, the maximum penalty for rape convicts was a life sentence. While the change in law has been heralded by some as a victory for protesters, many rights activists have criticised the introduction of the death sentence for rape, saying it will not reduce violence against women and is a "regressive step" deflecting attention from the lack of real action to address to issue.

Several killed in Rohingya camps 'gang war'

Several deaths have been reported following the outbreak of an apparent 'gang war' in Rohingya refugee camps. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the turf war has broken out between criminal armed groups in the camps, leaving at least eight dead. Thousands more have reportedly been forced to flee certain areas of the massive camps following recent clashes. At least 12 people have been arrested following days of arson, gunfire, and abductions by gangs competing for territorial dominance.

Rohingya accuse navy officers of abuse over hunger strike

Rohingya Muslim refugees have made claims of abuse at the hands of Bangladeshi navy officers over a hunger strike on Bhashan Char island. The refugees allege they were beaten for going on the strike, which was organised to demand better living conditions and to be reunited with family members in camps on the mainland. Facilities were constructed on the cyclone-prone islet to house 100,000 people last year to relieve the pressure on crowded refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. More than 300 new refugee arrivals were taken to the new facilities to quarantine in May, as part of an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Bus crash kills three, injures 15 in Chittagong

At least three deaths have been reported following a fatal bus crash in Chittagong. The accident occurred on Wednesday in the Brahmanbaria area, where the public transport bus reportedly veered suddenly off the road whilst travelling along the Dhaka-Sylhet highway near the town of Islampur. after the bus veered off the road it's reported the vehicle crashed into a ditch. While three people have been confirmed dead following the incident, another 15 have also been injured. An investigation is being launched into the cause of the crash, with preliminary reports suggesting careless driving or poor vehicle maintenance may have played a role.

Fresh protests erupt over sexual assaults

Fresh public protests have broken out in Dhaka and elsewhere over sexual assaults. Hundreds of people joined demonstrations yesterday, which broke out after a video emerged showing a number of male suspects stripping and attacking a woman from a disadvantaged community in the southern district of Noakhali. Several clashes between protesters and police have been reported. Amnesty International has described the footage as being demonstrative of the "shocking violence that Bangladeshi women are routinely subjected to" and have called for a thorough and impartial investigation. Such cases often go unreported in Bangladesh and activist groups claim only a very small percentage of sexual assault victims see justice.

Two IED blasts reported in Rajshahi

Two explosions have been reported in the Rajshahi Division, which have allegedly left at last three people injured. The blasts are understood to have come from two improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The IEDs were apparently detonated on Sunday evening, at around 20:00 local time, during a rally for an Awami League candidate for the municipal by-polls in Joypurhat. The police have launched an investigation into the incident, with unconfirmed reports suggesting the IEDs may have been planted by political rivals - possibly Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supporters. The local BNP candidate rebutted such claims by accusing the Awami League of staging the attack in an attempt to turn public opinion against the BNP ahead of the polls, which are due to be held on 10 October.

Lightning strikes kill three in Dhaka Division

Three people have died in recent lightning strikes across the Dhaka Division. The deaths were all recorded within the last 24 hours in the Gazipur district. Two teenagers reportedly died after being hit by lightning whilst playing in a football game at Shahid Barkat Stadium. Separately, an elderly man was also fatally hit by lightning whilst fishing in the Ajmatpur area of Kaliganj upazila.

Three trafficking victims rescued in Dhaka

Three victims of a human trafficking operation have been rescued in the Aminbazar area of Dhaka Division. The victims were identified as women, who had reportedly been lured into a human trafficking ring with the prospect of employment opportunities, before they were trafficking abroad. One suspect has been arrested by the police in connection with the case. The detainee is thought to be the leader of the human trafficking ring.

Fatal ferry incident reported in Mymensingh

At least 11 people have died and as many as 25 others remain missing after a ferry incident was reported in the Kalmakanda area of Mymensingh. The accident occurred on Wednesday, when the ferry allegedly collided with a sand carrier on Gunai River near Rajnagar. According to reports, around 36 people are thought to have been on board the ferry at the time of the accident. Only 11 bodies have been pulled from the water so far as rescue teams continue to search for survivors. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Two killed in Naf River boat collision

Two deaths have been reported following a boat collision on the Naf River in Teknaf. According to reports, the incident occurred near the Kayukkhali canal, where a speedboat apparently capsized after hitting a fishing trawler. While two people have been confirmed dead, at least five others have been wounded, and an eighth person remains missing and is also feared dead as search efforts continue.

Thirteen killed in mosque gas leak blast

At least 13 people have been reported dead following a fatal explosion in the Fatullah area of Narayanganj. The blast occurred over the weekend at the Baitus Salat Mosque. It's understood there was a gas leak at the property and an explosion was triggered after the air conditioning system malfunctioned, sparking a fire. Some 30 others have also been injured in the incident.

Jubo League leader killed in Rajbila attack

A leader of the Bangladesh Awami Jubo League has reportedly been killed after he was attack near the Bandarban area of Rajbila on Tuesday. According to reports, the victim was apprehended by a number of unidentified armed men at around 19:00 local time on Tuesday evening. The victim is understood to have previously received death threats, although the precise motive behind the attack remains under investigation. The Jubo League is the youth wing of the Bangladesh Awami League - a major political party in Bangladesh. 

Two missing after fishing boat sinks in Noakhali

Two people have been reported missing after a fishing boat sank in Noakhali. The accident occurred in the Meghna River near the Hatiya area, where the boat had been sailing to Hatiya from Chittagong Port when it came into difficulty amid strong currents. According to reports, it's believed the strong currents caused a crack in the vessel's keel, causing the boat to sink. Of the six crew members on board, four managed to swim to the shore; however, two remain missing and are feared to have drowned.

Trawler capsizes in Mymensingh

A trawler has reportedly capsized in the Madan Upazila area of Mymensingh Division. Local reports indicate the accident occurred on Wednesday morning at around 11:30 local time, during a leisure trip to the haor of Uchitpur - a popular tourist site. The vessel was carrying at least 48 people but sank amid inclement weather. While around 30 people have been rescued, at least 17 people have drowned and another person remains missing. Most of those on board the trawler were students and teachers from a madrasa in Konapara.

Floods kill 10 amid monsoon rains

At least 10 people have been confirmed dead over the last 24 hours amid floods brought on by heavy monsoon rains. According to reports, the latest fatalities takes the nationwide monsoon death toll to 145. Around a third of the country is thought to be under water, with at least 162 sub-districts affected by flooding. Areas in central and northern Bangladesh have been among the worst-hit, as the water levels of the Brahmaputra river rise dangerously high.

Three detained for Dhaka police station blast

Three criminal suspects have been detained in connection with a recent explosion which hit a police station in Dhaka, leaving at least five people injured. The blast occurred on Wednesday morning inside the Pallabi police station, with the Islamic State (IS) initially claiming responsibility for the explosion in a statement released the same day. However, the police have dismissed the claim and instead believe the attackers were motivated by criminal intent. The bomb had reportedly been hidden inside a device which had been disguised to look like a weighing machine. The three men who were arrested on Wednesday were allegedly found in possession of two loaded firearms and a suspicious device. The government has previously denied the presence of IS militants in the country, with officials dismissing claims for attacks. Last year, seven members of a banned group were sentenced for an IS-claimed 2016 cafe bombing in Dhaka, which killed 20 people.

Suspected criminal killed in Dhaka shootout

A suspected criminal has reportedly been shot dead after a shootout occurred with the Bangladeshi security forces in Dhaka. The crossfire allegedly broke out during a counter-narcotics operation being led by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the Ashiyan City area of Dhaka's Dakshin Khan district during the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to reports, the deceased is believed to be a drug trafficker, who was shot dead by RAB personnel after he resisted arrest and opened fire, triggering a fatal gunfight. The deceased was found to have various firearms, ammunition, and narcotics on his person.

Fifty new virus deaths reported

At least 50 nre covid-19 deaths have been reported in Bangladesh over the last 24 hours - taking the national death toll there up to 2,668. Meanwhile, an additional 2,928 new cases of infection have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 207,453. Overall, around 114,000 confirmed cases have already recovered in Bangladesh, while some 91,000 cases are still active. 

South Asia monsoon floods death toll rises to 221

The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains across South Asia has now risen to 221. According to Al Jazeera, over a million people have been marooned and hundreds of thousands have been displaced by overflowing rivers across Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. At least three deaths have been reported in Bangladesh. The country's Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre on Thursday said flooding could worsen next week amid growing devastation in areas situated along the Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers. Approximately a third of Bangladesh is already underwater following some of the heaviest rains in a decade. The monsoon season typically lasts until September.

Hospital owner detained over fake Covid-19 results

The owner of a private hospital in Bangladesh has been arrested by the authorities following an investigation into a scam involving fake coronavirus results. Mohammad Shahed was detained on Thursday over allegations of issuing fake certificates to patients saying they were virus-free without having tested them. Shahed was among more than a dozen people detained in connection with the scam. He was allegedly arrested on the bank of a border river whilst attempting to flee to neighbouring India in a burqa. It's thought that out of the 10,500 Covid-19 tests his hospitals carried out, only 4,200 were genuine. Shahed is also accused of charging money for the fake certificates, as well as coronavirus treatment - despite agreeing with the government that his hospitals would provide free care. So far, more than 193,000 confirmed cases have been reported in Bangladesh, including 2,457 deaths.

Widespread floods reported after heavy rain

Widespread flooding has been reported across much of Bangladesh following continuous heavy rainfall which has been affecting large past of the Southern Asia region recently. The monsoon season typically lasts from June to September and has brought torrential rain to parts, leading to severe disruption in some areas, with around a third of Bangladesh under water. The floods started late last month but have recently worsened, destroying crops and forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas, as the water level of the Brahmaputra river continues to rise. An estimated 1.5 million people have been affected by the floods so far in Bangladesh. Further heavy rainfall is forecast, sparking fears as much as 40 percent of Bangladesh could be flooded by next week. Severe flood alerts have been issued for areas banking the Brahmaputra river in the Dhaka and Rajshahi divisions, where high water levels have been recorded.

Thirty-three new Covid-19 deaths reported

At least 33 new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Bangladesh - taking the death toll there up to 2,424. Over the last 24 hours, an additional 3,162 new cases of coronavirus have also been reported, bringing the national total number of diagnosed cases to 190,057. Bangladesh currently has the third-highest total number of cases in Asia, after India and Pakistan. As cases continue to rise in the Southern Asia region, many fear it could become a new epicentre for the pandemic.

Rights group urges relocation of quarantined Rohingya

Rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), have called for the relocation of hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees from quarantine in a flood-prone area in southern Bangladesh. The group has accused the Bangladeshi authorities of using the current covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to detain some 300 refugees, including children, in the quarantine facility for longer than necessary. The group have reportedly been in quarantine for over two months. The refugees were originally rescued by the Bangladeshi Navy in early May after being stranded at sea for weeks. The small island they were taken to in the Bay of Bengal is flood-prone and particularly vulnerable to monsoon storms. HRW claims the group don't have adequate access to clean water, food, or medical care and have allegedly been mistreated by the authorities. The UN has also raised concerns over the safety of the quarantine facilities on the island.

Suspected criminal shot dead in Pabna gunfight

A suspected criminal has reportedly been shot dead by Bangladeshi police officers during a gunfight in the Pabna area of Rajshahi division. The shoot out occurred on Wednesday, during the early hours of the morning, when officers were attempting to apprehend a suspect in Pabna's Sadar Upazila, but the suspect resisted arrest and instead opened fire, leading to a deadly gunfight in which the suspect was killed and three police officers were injured.

Six killed in Rangpur thunderstorms

Six people have reportedly died and seven others have also been wounded after being struck by lightning during thunderstorms across the northern parts of the Rangpur Division. According to reports, four fatal lightning-related incidents occurred in the Patgram and Hatibandha areas of the Lalmonirhat district. A fifth death was recorded in the Boda area of the Panchagarh district, where a farmer died immediately after being hit by lightning. A sixth fatality was also reported in the Domar area in the Nilphamari district. 

Over 3,000 new covid-19 cases reported

More than 3,000 new covid-19 cases have been reported in Bangladesh, taking the total there up to 156,391 as of Friday 03 July. Daily increases of 3,114 new cases and 42 new virus-related deaths were recorded over the last 24 hours, putting the new national death toll at 1,968. According to data on the virus outbreak in Bangladesh, it's thought the country hasn't passed through the peak of the outbreak there yet. Just yesterday, a record daily increase of 4,014 new cases was reported, while a record spike in deaths emerged earlier this week.

Over 20 killed in boat accident

At least 23 deaths have been reported following a boat accident on the Buriganga River in the Dhaka Division. Local reports indicate that the accident occurred on Monday morning at around 09:33 local time, when a passenger ferry was hit by another vessel and capsized. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing, while an investigation into the cause of the collision has also been launched. It's believed the death toll from the accident was so high because many passengers were unable to swim. Unconfirmed reports have also suggested the ferry may have been overloaded and without the appropriate amount of life-saving equipment.

University faculties stage protests against Digital Security Act

Staff members from Dhaka University and Rajshahi University have staged protests against the Digital Security Act. The protests took place at the respective campus' of the universities, where faculty members congregated on Monday to demonstrate. They are opposed to the act because it allows widespread criminal arrests and prosecution for online speech, including rhetoric deemed critical of the government. Protesters are claiming the act infringes on free speech in the country. The protests were organised following the arrests of a number of university academic staff and lecturers under the act.

Covid-19 death toll rises by 38

The death toll for covid-19 in Bangladesh has reportedly risen by 38 new fatalities. The latest daily increase takes the total number of confirmed virus-related deaths to 1,502. Meanwhile, an additional 3,480 new cases of infection have also been registered over the last 24 hours, bringing the national total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 115,786. Over 46,700 cases have already recovered and more than 67,500 remain active.

Death toll for covid-19 increases by 30

The coronavirus death toll in Bangladesh has risen by 30 over the last 24 hours, taking the new total to 811. The Health Ministry has also recorded a daily increase of 2,828 new cases of infection - bringing the national tally to 60,391. Of these, around 46,800 cases remain active, including one in serious or critical condition, while over 12,800 coronavirus patients have already recovered.

Two suspects detained in Khulna kidnap murder case

Two suspects have been detained in connection with a recent kidnap murder case in the Khulna Division. The arrests were made on Thursday and relate to the recent abduction and killing of a college student in Abhaynagar Upazila. According to reports, the victim was kidnapped for ransom on Monday 01 June and was believed to have been killed later that same day. The suspects have been identified as Rifat Hossain Ayush, 18, and Abdur Razzak, 50, while the deceased has been identified 20-year-old Gazi Babur, who had been studying for his Higher Secondary School Certificate. Babur's family reportedly received a phone call for a ransom demand of Tk 50,000,000 (about £471,000; $590,000). An investigation was launched and the victim was located after police tracked his phone. Both suspects have reportedly made admissions of guilt.

Rohingya refugee covid-19 death confirmed

A Rohingya refugee who contracted coronavirus is confirmed to have died from the disease. The death is the first officially confirmed virus-related fatality to affect the Rohingya refugee population in Chittagong. The deceased has been identified as a 71-year-old man, who had been living in the Kutupalong refugee camp in southern Chittagong. As many as 29 covid-19 cases have been reported from the camp and there are fears that, due to confined living quarters and poor sanitation, the virus could spread at an exponential rate there. Overall, Bangladesh has recorded a total of 52,445 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 709 deaths. On Tuesday, daily increases of 2,911 new cases and 37 new deaths were reported.

Cyclone Amphan death toll rises to 84

The death toll from Cyclone Amphan has risen to 84 across India and Bangladesh. The cyclone made landfall on Wednesday and caused widespread disruption, bringing heavy downpours and winds of up to 115mph (185kmh). The Satkhira district in Bangladesh and Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal have been identified as the worst-hit areas. The storm has now weakened and is headed in a north-easterly direction towards Bhutan. At least 72 deaths have been reported from West Bengal in India, while 12 others have also died in Bangladesh. The death toll could rise further still.

Cyclone Amphan kills 22 across India and Bangladesh

At least 22 deaths have been reported from India and Bangladesh after Cyclone Amphan hit coastal areas of both countries on Wednesday. The storm made landfall yesterday, lashing parts of India's Odisha and West Bengal states, along with parts of south-west Bangladesh. The weather system has since weakened as it moves in a northerly direction towards Bhutan. At least 10 deaths were reported in Bangladesh and 12 have been reported in India's West Bengal state. It's feared the death toll could rise further still. The storm initially hit the Sundarbans area near the Indian-Bangladesh border, before moving north towards Kolkata. The South and North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts of West Bengal are among the worst-hit areas, along with the Satkhira district in Bangladesh, while large areas have been flooded due to heavy rain. Thousands of trees have also been uprooted, houses have been flattened,  and power and telephone lines have also brought down - causing widespread power cuts.

Heavy rains hit as Cyclone Amphan bears down

Heavy rainfall and strong winds have hit parts of Bangladesh's southern coast as Cyclone Amphan bears down. The super cyclone is expected to make landfall in neighbouring India within hours and is predicted to bring widespread severe disruption to both countries. Bangladesh's disaster management minister stated that plans were underway to evacuate two million people, with extra shelters being prepared to allow social distancing amid the covid-19 outbreak. It's feared the cyclone will be the most powerful storm since Cyclone Sidr killed about 3,500 people in 2007, when most died as a result of coastal surges. The storm is thought to be one of the biggest in a decade, with forecasted winds of up to 115mph - the equivalent of a category five hurricane.

Thousands protest over unpaid wages in Dhaka

Thousands of garment factory workers have gathered to protest over unpaid wages in the capital city of Dhaka. The demonstration has come about after workers were allegedly not paid their salaries or Eid-ul-Fitr bonuses as usual. According to reports, the protest started on Tuesday morning and has caused some disruption throughout the surrounding area, with the road between Mirpur 10 and Mirpur 14 blocked off by the protest. The workers are demanding that they be paid their wages in full, despite the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

Covid-19 death toll rises by 21

The death toll for covid-19 in Bangladesh has risen to 349 confirmed fatalities following the confirmation of an additional 21 virus-related deaths over the last 24 hours. As of Monday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has also risen to 23,870, after a daily increase of 1,602 new cases of infection was reported. The figures are a small increase on the previous day, when the death toll rose by 14 and the total number of cases rose by 1,273.

Covid-19 cases emerge in Rohingya refugee camp

Two cases of covid-19 have been detected in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. According to reports, two refugees tested positive for the virus and have now been transferred to isolation where they are being treated. An additional 1,900 other refugees have also been isolated for testing. They are the first confirmed case in the camp, which houses close to a million refugees in extremely close living quarters with poor sanitary conditions. Aid agencies had been warning officials of the potential impact of a virus outbreak in the camp.

Flight suspension extended

The Bangladeshi authorities have decided to extend the current flight suspension until the end of the month. According to reports, all international and domestic flights will remain suspended until 30 May. The suspension will not apply to emergency or special flights, or cargo flights. The flight suspension was introduced as part of a series of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus amid the global pandemic.

Fourteen new coronavirus deaths registered

At least 14 new coronavirus deaths have been registered in Bangladesh over the last day or so, taking the national death toll there up to 283 confirmed virus-related fatalities. Meanwhile, an additional 1,041 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed covid-19 cases to 18,863 as of Thursday.

Twenty injured in refugee camp fire, Chittagong

At least 20 people have been injured after a fire broke out in at a refugee camp in the Chittagong division. The blaze reportedly started on Wednesday morning in block H of the Rohingya camp no.1 in the Kutupalang refugee camp in Ukhia Upazila. According to reports, 700 residential 'shanties' were destroyed in the fire. No fatalities have been reported. Such fires typically spread fast and uncontrollably due to the extremely confined nature of refugee camps.

Three criminals killed in Cox's Bazar gunfight

At least three suspected criminals have died following a recent gunfight with the police in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong. According to reports, the incident occurred during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at around 03:00 local time, near the Rongikhali area, where the police encountered a number of suspected robbers. The suspects reportedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the police, triggering a fatal shootout which left three suspects dead and five police officers injured.

Rohingya refugees quarantined on island

A group of 29 Rohingya refugees have reportedly been quarantined on an island in the Bay of Bengal. The government reportedly ordered for the group to be quarantined on the remote, cyclone-prone island of Bhashan Char after they were stranded at sea for weeks. The move has allegedly been taken to protect refugee camps in Cox's Bazar from coronavirus. Cox's Bazar is home to nearly one million Rohingya refugees and had been under lockdown since last month, with no confirmed coronavirus cases so far. Nationally, more than 10,000 cases have been reported.

Lockdown extended until mid-May

Bangladesh's coronavirus lockdown has been extended until mid-May. The government announced the extension on Monday, which will now last until 16 May. The extension has come about due to a spike in the number of people testing positive for covid-19. Over the last 24 hours, at least five new deaths and 688 new cases of infection have been confirmed - taking the respective national totals to 182 coronavirus deaths and 10,143 confirmed cases. The latest lockdown extension is the fifth to be announced since measures were first introduced in Bangladesh.

Protesters clash with police in Gazipur

At least eight people have been injured after protesters clashed with police in Dhaka's Gazipur area on Monday. According to reports, the demonstration had been organised by the readymade garment (RMG) workers over unpaid wages and the closure of factories amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Workers initially blocked a section of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway before throwing bricks at factory buildings and setting vehicles on fire. Police were dispatched to respond to the unrest; however, further clashes broke out - leaving seven protesters and one police personnel wounded.

Seven new covid-19 deaths reported

At least seven new covid-19 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, as well as 414 new cases of infection. The latest daily increase takes the country's coronavirus death toll up to 127, and the total number of cases to 4,186. At least 108 recoveries have also been recorded by the health authorities.

Drug criminal killed in Rajshahi shooting

A suspected drug dealer has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Rajshahi Division. The suspect was apparently shot during an armed altercation with members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) security forces. According to reports, the clash occurred during the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Sadar Upazila, where a crossfire broke out when the suspect resisted arrests, leaving the suspect dead and two RAB personnel injured. Various arms, ammunition, and narcotics have been confiscated from the site.

Thousands defy lockdown, triggering investigation

Approximately 100,000 people reportedly violating lockdown measures in Bangladesh over the lockdown, triggering an investigation by the authorities. A three-person committee has been put together to look into the incident , which saw thousands break lockdown rules to attend the funeral of Maulana Jubayer Ahmed Ansari, a senior member of an Islamist party. Following the mass violation of lockdown measures, concerns have been raised over the increased risk of covid-19 clusters emerging as a direct result of the event. More than 2,400 coronavirus cases, including 91 deaths, have already been confirmed in Bangladesh.

Healthcare workers protest in Jessore

Healthcare workers have launched a protest in Jessore, Khulna, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 50 healthcare professionals are thought to have taken part in the demonstration, which took place at Jessore Hospital intersection on Friday at midday local time. The demonstration was apparently organised in response to workers being laid off and other not getting paid their wages amid the outbreak of covid-19. Bangladesh has reported at least coronavirus 1,838 cases and 75 deaths.

Refugees rescued out at sea

A boat carrying hundreds of starving Rohingya refugees has been rescued off Bangladesh. The ship was carrying at least 382 people and had reportedly been drifting out at sea for two months. More than two dozen people had died on the boat, which had been trying to reach Malaysia. It's been speculated that the voat had been detained in Malaysian waters earlier this month but was turned back because of the coronavirus pandemic. The refugees were rescued by the Bangladeshi coast guard and brought to a beach near Teknaf. It's as of yet unclear whether the refugees had departed from refugee camps in southern Bangladesh or had fled directly from neighbouring Myanmar.

Complete lockdown announced for Rohingya camps

A complete lockdown has been announced on Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya migrants from neighbouring Myanmar have set up in close-quartered refugee camps near the border throughout the southern Cox's Bazar area and are deemed to be a coronavirus health risk due to overcrowding and poor sanitation. Nationally, some 218 coronavirus cases have been reported, including at least 20 deaths.

First coronavirus death confirmed

Bangladesh's first fatal coronavirus case has been confirmed, while four other patients also tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours. The latest cases take the national total number of infections to 14. Globally, more than 200,000 people have contracted the virus, while over 8,000 have died.

Two detained for selling fake coronavirus vaccines

The police in Bangladesh have made two arrests in connection with fake coronavirus vaccines. Two people were detained in the Netrokona district, where one of the men had been promoting 'vaccines' using a loudspeaker, while the other man had recently begun selling 'medicines'. There is currently no vaccine for the Covid-19 coronavirus. Both men were sentenced to two years in prison.

Suspected Islamist militant detained in Dhaka

A suspected Islamist militant has reportedly been detained by the authorities in Dhaka. The suspect is believed to be a member of the outlawed Ansar-al-Islam militant group and was reportedly arrested by police during a raid earlier this week. The raid targeted a property in the Bangshal area of Dhaka. The suspect apparently faces charges related to coordinated militant activities.

Two killed in Chittagong shooting

Two fatalities have been reported following a recent shooting incident in Chittagong. According to local reports, the incident occurred during the early hours of Friday morning, at around 03:00 local time, in the Feni area. It's believed the deceased were suspected robbers who were shot dead in Sonagazi upazila following an altercation. No further details have been released thus far.

Factories to shut over toxic river water

Factories have been ordered to shut over river pollution, which has allegedly made the Buriganga River toxic. The river runs through the capital city of Dhaka and used to be the city's main source of drinking water. It ranks among the most polluted in the world, prompting the government to crack down on water pollution. 

Terror suspect killed in Rajshahi

A suspected terrorist has been shot dead in an incident in the Rajshahi division. The suspect allegedly got caught up in an armed altercation with the police in the Pabna Sadar upazila of Rajshahi's Pabna district during the early hours of Thursday morning at around 02:00 local time. According to local reports, the police tried to apprehend the suspect, but an exchange of fire broke out, resulting in the suspect's demise.

Two criminals killed in police shootout

Two suspected criminals have reportedly been shot dead in an apparent shootout with the police in the Magura district of the Khulna division. The police were attempting to apprehend two suspected robbers in the village of Barunatail in the Magura Sadar upazila when the suspects opened fire on the police, sparking a fatal exchange of fire which left both criminals dead. No other casualties were reported. Various firearms were also recovered from the scene.

Suspected criminal killed in Rangpur shootout

A suspected criminal has been shot dead following a crossfire between two drug trafficking gangs in the Rangpur Division. The shootout took place during the early hours of Tuesday morning at around 01:30 local time in the Hatampur Shalbagan area of Bochaganj upazila in the Dinajpur district. Reports indicate that the police responded to reports of gunfire in the area. No arrests have been made thus far; however, various weapons and narcotics were recpvered from the scene of the clash.

Border security kill drug criminal in Cox's Bazar

A suspected drug criminal has been killed following an armed encounter with Bangladeshi border security in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong. The suspect was apparently believed to be a narcotics trafficker and was apprehended by border guards in the Beribadh area near Kakra Bridge in the Ukhiya upazila on Thursday. According to reports, the suspect resisted arrest, leading to an exchange of fire in which he was shot dead. A large amount of narcotics (140,000 yaba pills) was allegedly found on his person and confiscated, along with one firearm and ammunition.

Fifteen dead after trawler sinks in Bay of Bengal

At least 15 people have died after a trawler sank in the Bay of Bengal. The accident occurred about 10km north-west of St Martin's Island on Tuesday morning. While the deaths of four children and 11 women have been confirmed, at least 70 people were rescued from the vessel. About 130 people are thought to have been in the overcrowded trawler at the time of the accident, and there are still many people unaccounted for. Coastguard rescue teams were dispatched to the ship after fishermen who had witnessed the tralwer capsized raised the alarm. A Naval ship later joined in rescue efforts as searches for missing people continue. It's believed the trawler had been illegally transporting Rohingya Muslim refugees to Malaysia.

Three killed in Chittagong road accident

Three fatalities have been reported following a road accident in Chittagong. The crash occurred in the Sitakunda upazila during the early hours of Wednesday morning at around 04:45 local time. According to recent reports, a pick-up van collided with a truck whilst travelling along the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in the South Bashbaria area of Sitakunda. It's believed the van driver lost control of his vehicle while attempting to overtake the truck, causing both to collide and crash into the road divider.

Three killed in fatal accident in Dhaka

A fatal road accident has left at least three people dead in the Dhaka Division over the weekend. The accident occurred on Sunday morning at approximately 09:15 local time in the Savar upazila. According to reports, the emergency services were called to respond to reports of a vehicular crash along the Dhaka-Aricha highway, where a passenger bus had collided with a rickshaw near Nabinagar. The cause of the accident remains under investigation; however, it's suspected that poor road safety and reckless driving likely played a factor.

Man stabbed to death in Dhaka

A 24-year-old man has been killed in a recent stabbing incident in the Rayer Bazaar area of Dhaka. The incident reportedly occurred in the Rahim Bepari area of Rayer Bazaar on Sunday, where the victim had allegedly been socialising with friends at the time of the attack. Unconfirmed reports suggest the victim may have worked as a polling agent for a Dhaka North councillor candidate at Lalmatia Women's College voting centre. The motive behind the killing remains unclear as investigations continue.

Suspected criminal killed in police shootout in Khulna

A suspected criminal has apparently been shot dead in a recent armed encounter with the police in the Jessore district of the Khulna Division. According to local reports, the incident occurred in the Hashimpur Modhapara area of the Sadar upazila. The male suspect was allegedly wanted by the police on murder charges and was shot dead after he resisted arrest and opened fire on police officers, sparking a fatal shootout on Thursday. 89.208

Three killed in Habiganj bus accident

Three fatalities have been reported following a bus crash in Habiganj. The accident occurred in the Bahubal upazila of Habiganj on Friday and the deceased have been identified as 35-year-old Kamala Akhter, 30-year-old Abu Sayed, and an unidentified woman aged 60. According to reports, the bus veered off the road and crashed into a tree, killing three people on the spot. At least 20 others were also injured in the crash, with two people said to be in critical condition. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Indian border forces kill three near Rajshahi

The Indian Border Security Forces have allegedly shot dead three Bangladeshi nationals near the Indian-Bangladeshi border in the Rajshahi Division. According to reports, the three victims were shot dead at the Duarpal border near Porsha Upazila in the Naogaon district. It's claimed that the victims had been moving cattle when they were fired upon by the Indian Border Security Forces. The incident comes a day after two other Bangladeshi nationals were killed in a similar incident near the border in the Lalmonirhat district of the Rangpur Division.

Two killed in border shooting near Rangpur

Two people have been confirmed dead following a shooting incident along the Bangladeshi-Indian border near the Rangpur Division. According to reports, the deceased have both been identified as Bangladeshi male nationals, who were shot dead by the Indian Security Forces at the border in the Hatibanda area of the Lalmonirhat district on Wednesday morning. It's claimed that the men who were killed both lived in the area and had been tending to cattle when the Indian Security Forces opened fire on them near the border. The Indian Security Forces have allegedly disputed the incident.

Sufi singer detained under internet law

A popular Sufi singer in Bangladesh has reportedly been arrested under a controversial internet law in Mirzapur city. It's been reported that 40-year-old Shariat Sarkar was detained under the Digital Security Act for "hurting the religious sentiment of Muslims" following alleged anti-Muslim comments which triggered protests in Mymensingh and Mirzapur with hundreds in attendance demanding his arrest. Sarkar could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. Journalists and rights activists have criticised the Digital Security Act as a serious threat to freedom of expression.

Protests sparked over student's rape

Protests have been triggered following the sexual assault of a student at a top university in Bangladesh. Protesters gathered in Dhaka on Monday to march along main roads, disrupting traffic as they called for the rapist's arrest within 24 hours and capital punishment for all convicted rapists. The victim was attacked on Sunday when travelling to a friend's home. She was allegedly gagged and taken to a remote are in the outskirts of Dhaka and sexually assaulted. According to reports, police officials estimate that about 1,500 students took part in the protests, which remained peaceful, although local news reporters placed the attendance figure almost twice as high. Further demonstrations remain likely as no arrests have been made in connection with the case thus far.

Six killed in Rajshahi road accident

At least six fatalities have been reported following a deadly road accident in Rajshahi. According to local reports, the accident occurred on Monday morning at around 06:30 local time along the Dhaka-Khulna highway. The emergency services were called out to respond to the scene near the Karimpur bridge just outside of Faridpur, where a minibus had apparently collided with a larger passenger bus. Some disruption was reported along the highway following the accident - the cause of the which remains unclear as investigations get underway.

Police kill two criminals in gunfights

Two suspected murderers have apparently been killed by Bangladeshi police officers during gunfights. According to reports, the criminals were both shot dead in separate encounters during the early hours of Friday morning. One suspect was shot dead by police in the Damarpota area of Satkhira district, Khulna, at around 01:30 local time, while the second was shot in a gunfight with police officers in the Majhir Ghona area of Sher Shah, Chattogram, about an hour later. The two incidents are not thought to be related.

Dozens killed as cold weather hits Bangladesh

At least 50 people have been killed after cold weather swept through Bangladesh. So far 17 people have been confirmed dead of acute respiratory infection and 33 others killed by diarrhoea caused by rotavirus since the start of November. The lowest annual temperature - 4.5C - was recorded in the northern border town of Tetulia on Sunday, while further cold weather is forecast over the coming days.

Suspected robber killed in police gunfight in Khulna

A suspected robber has reportedly been killed in a gunfight with the police in the Khulna Division. According to local reports, the suspect was apprehended during the early hours of Tuesday morning at around 02:00 local time by police officers in the Krishnachandrapur area of the Maheshpur sub-division of Khulna's Jhenaidah district. The suspects reportedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the police, sparking a fatal shootout.

Death toll from factory fire in Dhaka rises to 19

The death toll from a factory fire which broke out in the Keraniganj area of Dhaka has reportedly risen to 19 over the weekend as more victims succumb to their injuries. According to local reports, five more victims were confirmed dead on Sunday after succumbing to their injuries, raising the death toll from 14 to 19 after a devastating fire gutted the Prime Pet and Plastic Industry factory in the Chunkutia area of Keraniganj last week. The factory had been operating without permission for five years and it's believed the building violated a number of fire safety regulations, including the recommended number of fire exits, with only one on site.

Fatal factory fire reported in Dhaka

A deadly fire has reportedly broken out at a factory in the Gazipur area of Dhaka. The blaze has allegedly claimed the lives of at least 10 workers and a further 15 others have also been injured. According to reports, the fire broke out on Sunday evening on the third floor of a fan-manufacturing factory in the Kashorita area of the Sadar sub-division. The fire was brought under control several hours after it broke out. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Forty wounded in clashes between rival political supporters

At least 40 people have been wounded in clashes between supporters of the Awami League and the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) in Sirajganj. Fighting erupted on the Kalibari-Illiot Bridge road adjacent to Sirajganj Govt College on Sunday morning. Police officers were deployed to the scene to separate the two groups. Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired to disperse the crowds.

Four suspected militants arrested in Noakhali

Four people accused of being members of the banned militant group Ansraullah Bangla Team have been detained in Noakhali in south-western Bangladesh. Abdullah Kabir, ‘Sohel’, Arifur Rahman Hridoy and Anwar Hossain were arrested by police during a raid in Durganagar Bazar on Sunday. Extremist material and other paraphernalia was seized during the operation.

Fatal shooting incident reported in Chittagong

A man has been confirmed dead following a fatal shooting incident reported in the Chittagong division. The victim was allegedly shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Sabekhong area of the Naniarchar sub-division in the Rangamati district on Wednesday morning, at around 07:30 local time. According to reports, the victim has been identified as Giri Chakma, an activist for the United People's Democratic Front (UDFP), and it's believed he was shot dead by rivals in a targeted attack.

Three jailed over fatal bus crash

Three people have been jailed for life over a fatal bus crash which sparked mass anti-government protests last year. The protests broke out in Dhaka in 2018 after a two schoolchildren were run over and killed by a speeding bus. The fatal crash prompted tens of thousands to rally in the capital to demand that the government take action to improve road safety, bringing the city to a standstill. More than 150 people were injured after the authorities cracked down on demonstrations. The wave of protests reflected widespread anger over the dire state of road safety in the country. It was claimed the bus driver who had lost control of his vehicle, did so whilst racing another bus to pick up passengers. On Sunday, three transport workers, including two drivers, were found guilty of culpable homicide.

Seven Islamists sentenced to death for 2016 cafe attack

Seven Islamists have been sentenced to death for a 2016 attack on a cafe which killed 22 people in Dhaka. The attack on the Holey Artisan cafe was carried out by five male suspects, who took diners hostage in a 12-hour siege, leaving 22 people dead, mostly foreigners. The attack remains one of the country's most deadly terrorist attacks on record, and although it was claimed by the IS, Bangladeshi authorities have insisted on holding a local Islamist militant group responsible. Eight people were on trail, accused of planning and supplying the attackers with weapons. While one man was acquitted, seven were handed death sentences on Wednesday. The suspects are expected to appeal the sentences.

Two killed in road accident

Two deaths have been reported following a road accident in the Gopalganj district of the Dhaka division. The accident happened on Thursday morning at around 08:30 local time along the Dhaka-Khulna Highway. According to reports, the emergency services were called to respond to reports of a crash along the highway near Dhundia in the Sadar sub-district. It's believed a van hit a rickshaw carrying two people, killing the rickshaw driver and a passenger on the spot. It remains unclear precisely what caused the accident as investigations continue.

Two drug suspects killed in police shootout

Two suspected drug suspects have allegedly been killed in a police shootout in Chittagong. The suspects were reportedly shot dead during a counter-narcotics raid in the Naikhyangchhari sub-division in the Bandarban district. According to reports, the police apprehended the suspects during the early hours of Sunday morning near the Ghumdhum-Tumbru border area, where the suspects allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire, leading to a fatal gunfight which left two suspects dead.

Fatal stabbing reported in Rajshahi

A fatal stabbing incident has allegedly been reported in the Rajshahi division. The incident occurred in the Bogra district on Thursday morning at around 11:00 local time, in Addirgola Bazaar of Bogra Sadar Upazila. According to local reports, the police were called to respond to reports of an armed altercation in the area, where they found the body of 50-year-old Abdur Rahim - a local businessman and resident of Chackjhapu village. Unconfirmed reports claim the victim was randomly attacked by suspected terrorists.

Two trains collide in Chittagong

Two trains have reportedly collided in the Chittagong division, leaving at least 16 dead and a further 40 wounded. The crash happened during the early hours of Tuesday morning, sometime around 03:00 local time, when a train en route to Chittagong city crashed into another train which was bound for Dhaka According to reports, the trains collided head-on near the Mondobhag railway station in the Kasha area of Chittagong's Brahmanbaria district. Rescue operations remain ongoing to pull passengers from the wreckage, while investigations have been launched to determine the cause of the accident, and how both trains came to be on the same track. Preliminary findings suggest it's possible one of the trains may have violated a signal.

Cyclone Bulbul kills 13 across India and Bangladesh

At least 13 deaths have been reported across India and Bangladesh after Cyclone Bulbul hit coastal areas over the weekend. More than two million people were displaced by the cyclone, forced to spend the night in storm shelters as the the cyclone brought severe heavy rainfall and winds of up to 120kph (75mph). Seven fatalities were reported in the Indian state of West Bengal and six were reported in Bangladesh, where most died after being hit by falling trees. It's believed widespread early evacuations prevented further casualties. Two fishing boats carrying more than 30 men failed to return, sparking search and rescue operations. Many sea ports and airports in the region have had their operations suspended due to the storm, leading to significant travel disruption.

Level two cyclone alert issued in Bay of Bengal

A level two cyclone alert has been issued in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal. The warning was issued after Cyclone Bulbul formed in the bay, with weather experts predicting the storm could bring potentially heavy rainfall and strong winds to coastal parts of Khulna and Chittagong, including Cox's Bazar. The alert has been issued as part of an early warning system. The travel department has advised people travelling to coastal regions to be prepared for potential travel disruption and to monitor local media for further updates.

Suspected criminal killed in police shootout in Dhaka

A suspected criminal has been killed and two others have also been wounded following a shootout with the police in the Dhaka division on Thursday. Report suggest the incident occurred during the early hours of the morning in the Badda area, near the United International University campus. It's believed several members of a criminal gang were attempting to carry out a robbery when they were apprehended by the police. A range of weapons and ammunition were recovered from the site of the clash.

Storm warning issued for parts of coastal Bangladesh

Weather warnings have been issued to parts of coastal Bangladesh over a storm which is forecast to bring wet and windy conditions to the area over the next few days. According to reports, the warning was first issued on Tuesday, advising of a depression in the Bay of Bengal which is expected to strengthen throughout the course of the next 24 hours. It's possible the storm could intensify into a cyclonic storm, potentially causing significant widespread disruption. The storm's current trajectory looks set to take it towards West Bengal and Odisha before hitting Bangladeshi coasts. Fishing activities have been advised against in the affected area for the next 72 hours.

Rohingya man arrested in $5m drug haul

A male suspect from Myanmar's Rakhine state has reportedly been arrested by Bangladeshi police officers in Cox's Bazar in a $5m drug haul. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the suspect was detained with $5m-worth of methamphetamine pills - making the seizure one of the biggest narcotics hauls in Bangladesh this year. The raid was carried out by a special police unit over the weekend, after a tip-off was received that a trawler carrying large amounts of drugs would land on the beach near the border area.

Sixteen sentenced to death over student's murder

A group of 16 suspects have been sentenced to death by a Bangladeshi court over the murder of a student. Nineteen-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi died back in April, when she was attacked in Feni and set on fire. She had accused the headteacher at her school of sexual harassment and her murder is thought to have been linked to a conspiracy to silence her, which included her own classmates and a number of powerful men from within the community. Two female classmates and three teachers, including her headmaster, were among those found guilty by the court on Tuesday. Police say her headmaster, Siraj Ud Doula, is believed to have ordered the killing from prison. Nusrat's murder led to a series of protests demanding justice for her. There remains a chance of further demonstrations over the issue as the defendants prepare to appeal the ruling.

Four killed in Bhola clashes over Facebook post

Four people have been killed after violent clashes broke out amongst crowds in the Bhola district over the weekend. Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Borhanuddin town on Sunday to protest against an offensive Facebook post which allegedly criticised the Prophet Muhammad. According to reports, four people were killed when the police opened fire on the crowd. Local police officials claim the situation was so bad that they were forced to open fire to control the violence after protesters began throwing bricks at the police. The offending Facebook post was published on Friday from the account of a 25-year-old Hindu man; however, it's been claimed the man's account was hacked.

Two killed in Chittagong knife attack

Two people have allegedly been killed in a suspected knife attack in the city of Chittagong. The dead bodies of an adult male and his four-year-old child were reportedly found over the weekend. According to reports, it's believed both victims had their throats slashed in a suspected knife attack on Saturday. The police have launched a murder investigation, although no suspects have been identified thus far.

Border forces kill Indian guard in clash

The Bangladeshi border security forces have allegedly killed an Indian border guard in an armed clash on Thursday. The incident occurred along the Padma River near the border, where Bangladesh has banned fishing. An Indian fisherman had allegedly been fishing in the river and was detained by the Bangladeshi forces. An altercation then broke out between the Bangladeshi and Indian forces, when an Indian border guard allegedly intruded into Bangladesh to try and take away the detained Indian fisherman. The Bangladeshi border force claimed they opened fire in self-defence, leaving one Indian guard dead and another injured.

Suspected criminal killed in Chittagong gunfight

A suspected criminal has allegedly been shot dead during a gunfight with the police in Chittagong. According to reports, the clash took place during the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Sonagazi Upazila of the Feni district in Chittagong, where the police were supposedly running an arrest operation against the suspect when he opened fire at them, triggering a fatal gunfight in which he was killed. The suspect has not been publicly identified, although the police claim he was wanted in connection with 37 cases.

Four suspects killed in Khulna gunfight

Four suspected criminals have allegedly been killed in a gunfight with the police in the Khulna Division. The crossfire reportedly broke out on Tuesday morning in a forested area of Koyra Upazila. According to reports, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) had launched an operation in the area when they encountered the group of suspected criminals. It's claimed the suspects were armed and opened fire on RAB personnel first, triggered a fatal exchange of fire in which four suspects were killed. The suspects were allegedly wanted for charges related to robbery and theft.

Widespread protests over student's death

Widespread protests have been triggered across Bangladesh following the death of a student at one of the country's most prestigious universities. The body of 21-year-old Abrar Fahad was reportedly found in his dorm room at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) in the capital, Dhaka. Fahad was found dead on Sunday, just days after he criticised the government in a series of online comments. Several members of the student wing of the governing Awami League, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have been detained in connection with the death and the killing has sparked widespread protests  against the culture of violence in public universities, where the BCL have been accused of using torture and extortion against students.

Suspect killed in police shootout

A suspected criminal has reportedly been shot dead in a shootout with the police in the Mymensingh division. The police allegedly apprehended the suspect during an operation in the early hours of Friday morning. The raid took place in the Tarakanda area, where a rice mill was targeted after the police received intelligence suggesting the building was being used for illegal drug activity. The suspected drug criminal allegedly opened fire on the police officers first, leading a fatal crossfire in which he was shot dead.

Two Rohingya killed in border gunfight

Two Rohingya refugees have been killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi border security near Cox's Bazar. According to Reuters, the refugees were both both shot dead by border guards as they tried to cross into Bangladesh from Myanmar on Friday. There has been a steady stream of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar in recent years, following the brutal military crackdown in the region a couple of years ago which led to an influx of over 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to southern Bangladesh as they fled persecution.

Rohingya refugee killed in landmine blast

A Rohingya refugee has reportedly died after they were hit by a landmine in Chittagong. According to reports, the incident happened near the Bangladeshi border with Myanmar in the Ghumdum area of Chittagong. It's believed the man unintentionally triggered the buried landmine as he passed by. The death is reportedly the second to be caused by a landmine blast along the border area this month.

More than 1,100 cases of dengue confirmed

More than 1,100 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed across Bangladesh within the last 48 hours, with at least 536 new cases reported in the last 24 hours alone. The vast majority of cases have originated from the capital city of Dhaka and the wider capital region. The outbreak has been ongoing since the beginning of the year, with almost 83,000 cases recorded. The health authorities have been working to prevent the further spread of the disease by issuing public health advisory reminders to those in high risk areas, such as flood-hit villages where stagnant water provides ample breeding ground for mosquitoes, which transmit the disease.

More than 500 cases of dengue reported in Dhaka

More than 500 new cases of dengue fever have been reported in the capital city of Dhaka. According to recent reports, an estimated 527 new cases had been confirmed in the capital as of Sunday. It's believed these cases were just the latest reported over the weekend, following another spate of 750 cases which were reported over Thursday and Friday last week. The health authorities have issued public advisories over the outbreak, which has killed at least 60 people so far. People have been advised to seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms including a high fever, severe headaches, fatigue, nausea, rashes, pain behind the eyes, and severe joint and muscle pain.

Two Rohingyas killed in Cox's Bazar shooting

Two Rohingya Muslims have allegedly been killed in a shooting which broke out during a police raid in the southern Cox's Bazar region of Bangladesh. The raid was carried out on a refugee shelter in Jadimura of Hnila in the Teknaf area, during the early hours of the morning on Friday 13 September. It's believed the pair were responsible for killing a Bangladeshi politician who was murdered last month in a case thought to be linked to a group of at least six Rohingyan refugees who have settled in Teknaf after fleeing neighbouring Myanmar. According to reports, the police opened fire after the suspects resisted arrest. Their deaths come after four other Rohingya Muslims thought to be linked to the murder were also killed by the police in previous raids - sparking concern their deaths were extrajudicial killings carried out by the police. 

Three criminals killed in Chittagong gunfight

Three suspected criminals have allegedly been killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police offices in Chittagong. The shootout reportedly occurred in the Comilla area during a police operation which had been launched in response to a call about a suspected robbery during the early hours of Monday morning. According to reports, the police apprehended the criminals, who resisted arrest and opened fire on the police officers, triggering a fatal firefight in which the three suspects were all shot dead.

Four killed in Rajshahi road accidents

At least four fatalities have been reported following two separate road accidents in the Rajshahi division. According to reports, the accidents occurred in the the city of Bogura on Thursday morning. The first accident happened along the Dhaka-Bogura highway near the Sherpur Upazila, where two trucks collided head-on at around 04:00 local time, leaving three people dead. A fourth person was also killed in a second accident, which occurred along the same highway just hours later, when a woman was hit by a bus. The causes of both accidents are under investigation.

One killed in Chittagong shootout

At least one person has been killed amidst a shootout with the Bangladeshi security forces in Chittagong. The crossfire reportedly occurred in the village of  Korabaria in the Bhujpur Thana area of Fatikchhari upazila on Thursday. According to local reports, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) encountered an armed suspect in the area who allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire on RAB personnel. triggering a fatal firefight.

Two suspected drug dealers killed in Cox's Bazar

Two suspected drug dealers have allegedly been killed in an armed clash with security personnel in Cox's Bazar. A gunfight allegedly broke out between the suspects and members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in the Hoaikong area of Urubunia Katakhal in Teknaf. Local reports indicate the suspects have been identified as a pair of Rohingya refugees, 22-year-old Sarker Hossain and 30-year-old Nur Alam Ali. The BGB allegedly raided the area after being tipped-off about a large amount of yaba pills being smuggled by boat. The suspects reportedly ignored orders to stop their vessel on the Naf River, instead opening fire, triggering a fatal gunfight. Some 50,000 yaba pills, a firearm, ammunition and two sharp weapons were recovered from the boat.

Thousands made homeless by Dhaka slum fire

Thousands of people have been made homeless after a massive fire swept through a slum in the capital city of Dhaka. According to reports, the blaze broke out late on Friday in the Chalantika slum, destroying at least 1,200 tin shacks. Many of the shacks had plastic roofs, helping the fire spread rapidly. No fatalities have been reported, although a number of people have been injured. No precise figure on how many people have been affected by the fire has been released, with Reuters suggesting around 3,000 have been made homeless, while AFP placed the number closer to 10,000. It remains unclear what caused the fire, which has devastated the low-income area. It's thought the low casualty figure is down to many residents being away from home following the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Earlier this year, about 80 people were killed in another fire in the historic district of Dhaka.

Man killed in Jashore stabbing

A young man has reportedly been killed following a suspected stabbing incident in Jashore (aka Jessore), Khulna. The incident allegedly occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning in the village of Salta in Sadar upazila. According to recent reports, the victim has been identified as 27-year-old Minarul Islam - the son of a local leader. It's claimed the victim was set upon by a group of unidentified attackers and stabbed multiple times with sharp weapons. The victim was confirmed dead after being taken to hospital in Jashore. The motive behind the killing remains unclear.

Bus crash in Sirajganj leaves two dead

At least two people have been killed and 30 others have been injured following a three-vehicle bus crash in Sirajganj. The accident occurred on Thursday near Bangabandhu Bridge in the Konabari area of Karnarkhanda Upazila. According to reports, three passenger buses collided with each other, killing two passengers on the spot. It remains unclear precisely what caused the accident, as the emergency services attend the scene.

Student killed in Brahmanbaria scuffle

A male student has been killed in a violent scuffle in Brahmanbaria. The incident occurred on Wednesday in Bijoynagar Upazila, where the student protested his niece being harassed by a man regularly on her way to school. The victim - a student of Sarail Degree College - allegedly complained about the man - identified as Muhammad Shimul - resulting in him being jailed for eight months. Upon his release, he planned and led an attack on the victim, hacking him to death in his house in revenge. Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder, including Shimul.

Deatht toll for dengue fever outbreak rises

The death toll for the dengue fever outbreak in Bangladesh has reportedly risen following recent fatalities. Since the beginning of the year, at least 40 people have died after contracting the mosquito-borne disease, while an estimated 44,000 people have received hospital treatment for dengue fever symptoms. The Bangladeshi Health Ministry confirmed the latest figures on Tuesday. Symptoms include a high fever, severe headaches, joint and muscular pain, fatigue, pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, and a skin rash.

Three killed in Mymensingh land dispute

Three people have allegedly been killed after a land dispute became violent in Mymensingh. The clash occurred on Wednesday in the village of Kathal Dagri in the Ishwarganj Upazila of Mymensingh, where two opposing groups were disputing ownership over a plot of land. The deceased have been identified as 60-year-old Abul Hashim, his 25-year-old son Jahirul Islam, and his nephew Azibul Islam. Hashim's two other sons were also both injured in the incident.

Three killed in two shooting incidents

Three people have been killed in two separate shooting incidents reported in Barisal and Cox's Bazar. According to reports, a 35-year-old suspected drug dealer died after being shot during a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel in the Harinafulia area of Jagua in Barisal. The crossfire allegedly broke out when the RAB team was ambushed by a group of suspected criminals. Meanwhile, the bodies of a man and a woman were found in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar. Both died from gunshot wounds, with the local police suspecting they were killed as a result of a turf war between two groups of criminals.

Major dengue fever outbreak hits Bangladesh

A major dengue fever outbreak has hit Bangladesh with more than 1,000 people diagnosed with dengue in the last 24 hours. According to reports, the outbreak is thought to be the country's worst on record. At least eight fatal cases have been reported since the beginning of the year, with more than 13,600 people diagnosed overall - more than half of those have been diagnosed in the last month alone. Among some of the latest deaths reported are two people who died from dengue fever on Tuesday at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in the Barisal Division. More than 50 districts across the country have been affected by the outbreak, with the capital city being the worst-hit area.

Health warning issued over dengue fever

A health warning has been issued by the Directorate General of Health Services over dengue fever. According to recent reports, the disease has spread to 50 districts, sparking concern that outbreaks could be declared outside of Dhaka. The total number of dengue fever cases recorded so far this year has reportedly reached an all-time high, as 1,096 patients have been diagnosed with the disease in the first seven months of the year. The spread of the disease is likely to be further worsened by widespread flooding across parts of Bangladesh, as monsoon rains have caused rivers to overflow in recent weeks, providing mosquitoes (which spread the disease) with ample breeding grounds.

Woman killed in Natore stabbing

A woman has reportedly been killed in a recent stabbing incident in Natore. According to local reports, the woman was attacked by a number of unidentified suspects in her home in the Gopinathpur area of Natore. The woman was later found dead in a pond near her house, with multiple stab wounds. It's believed she was dead before she was thrown in the pond. The police have launched an investigation into the murder - he motive behind which currently remains unclear.

Eight killed in Shariatpur vigilante lynchings

At least eight people have reportedly been killed in vigilante lynchings in Shariatpur, Bangladesh. According to reports, the killings were motivated by rumours of children being kidnapped and sacrificed as offerings for the construction of the Padma Bridge - a mega-bridge located in Shariatpur at Janjira point. The victims were targeted by angry mobs over the rumours, which were largely spread on social media. The rumours claimed that the children were being sacrificed because human heads were allegedly needed for the US$3bn project. The police have launched an investigation into the unlawful mob killings, stating that there is no evidence to believe that any of the eight people killed were involved in either the abduction or murders of children. At least 13 arrests have been made. More than 30 other people have also been attacked or harassed in connection with the rumours, which appear to be baseless, prompting the police to crackdown on the spread of disinformation online. So far, 25 YouTube channels, 60 Facebook pages, and 10 websites have been shut down after they were found to be spreading the rumours.

Dozens killed in severe flooding across Bangladesh

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced by severe flooding across Bangladesh. At least 61 fatalities have been reported already, with nearly 800,000 people displaced after flood water inundated thousands of homes across a third of the country. The latest figures have been released by the government following two weeks of continuous heavy rainfall. The authorities have expressed concern over the heightened risk of harmful water-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever, which are likely to break out due to the large amounts of stagnant flood water, providing ample breeding grounds for mosquitoes - which spread the disease. According to reports, water treatment plants have begun to be set up in flood-affected areas on a priority basis.

Lightning kills two in Sunamganj

Two people have been killed after they were both struck by lightening in the Sunamganj division. The pair were reportedly hit by lightning on Friday whilst out on a fishing trip at Pagnar Haor. According to reports, the father and son got caught in stormy weather, with local residents finding their bodies later that same day.

More than 400,000 displaced by Brahmaputra floods

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and at least 30 people have been killed amid widespread flooding caused by the massive Brahmaputra River bursting its banks due to severe heavy downpours brought on by the monsoon season. According to Reuters, more than 400,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to floods. Those n the Bogura, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Kurigra, Sirajganj, and Tangail areas are said to be some of the worst affected. There is a high risk of water-borne diseases spreading quickly in impoverished areas, with condition expected to worsen as further heavy rainfall is forecast for the region.

Ten killed in train-minibus collision in Sirajganj

At least 10 fatalities have been reported following a deadly collision between a train and a minibus in Sirajganj. The accident occurred at the Salap level crossing in the Ullapa Upazila on Tuesday evening. According to local reports, the train crashed into a minibus which was transporting a wedding party. Both the bride and groom died in the crash along with eight others, while two people have been injured. Safety measures at the crossing are being investigated as it appears the level crossing was not operated by a gateman despite several requests to the railway authorities for one and signs on both sides of the crossing warn drivers to cross at their own risk.

Two drug suspects killed in Cox's Bazar

Two suspected drug dealers have been killed during a police operation in Cox's Bazar. According to reports, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were carrying out a counter-narcotics operation in the Jajimura Shikolpara area of Teknaf Upazila when they encountered a number of armed suspects. The suspects allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the BGB personnel first, sparking a fatal gunfight in which two suspects were killed.

Flash floods kill two in Cox's Bazar

Two Rohingya Muslim refugees have reportedly died after getting caught in flash floods in Cox's Bazar. The floods have been caused by recent heavy downpours which have been affecting the region lately. Earlier this week, it was reported that floods had already forced thousands of Rohingyas to evacuate their make-shift homes in the refugee camps which have been set up just over the border from neighbouring Myanmar. As of Wednesday, it's believed as many as 2,700 have been displaced and some 3,400 homes have been damaged by the floods. There is also a high risk of landslides, with relief groups reportedly preparing volunteers on standby to provide aid.

Suspected drug dealer killed in clash with security forces in Dhaka

A suspected drug dealer has reportedly been killed and a member of security personnel has also been wounded after they were involved in an armed clash with the Bangladeshi security forces in Dhaka. The altercation occurred in the Uttarkhan area of Dhaka, where the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) performed a raid after receiving information regarding criminal activity in the area. According to reports, the RAB encountered a number of armed gang members who opened fire on the security forces, sparking a fatal gunfight which left one suspected drug dealer dead and an RAB constable injured. It's believed the gang were dealing drugs, with approximately 3,000 yaba pills found at the scene.

Landslides displace thousands in Cox's Bazar

Thousands of Rohingya refugees have reportedly been displaced by landslides in Cox's Bazar amid the monsoon season. The landslides have been caused by severe heavy rainfall which has hit the southern Chittagong region recently. At least one death has been reported in a rain-related incident, after a wall collapsed on a woman over the weekend. According to reports, the conditions in Rohingya camps have deteriorated due to the wet weather, sparking concern amongst the local community as children continue to suffer from diarrhoea, and clean drinking water remains sparse.

Violent clashes reported in Savar Union, Dhaka

Violent armed clashes have been reported in the Savar Union of Dhaka. According to reports, at least 20 people, including one police officer and a journalist, have been injured after fighting broke out between two rival factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). The clashes occurred near Jahangirnagar University in Savar Union on Wednesday afternoon. Tear gas has allegedly been used by the police to bring the situation under control.

Four drug traders killed in two districts

Four people have been killed in three separate gunfights in Bangladesh. A suspected drug seller was killed in an exchange of fire with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in the Bibir Bazaar area. In a separate incident, two suspects were killed with police in the Tenkaff region of Cox's Bazar. A fourth suspect died in a confrontation with the BGB in the Rahmater Bill area of Cox's.

One killed in violence at Patuakhali power plant

A Chinese worker has been killed amidst violence at a power plant in the Patuakkhali district. A clash reportedly broke out on Wednesday at the plant - owned by a Chinese company - located near the Payra Seaport in the Kalapara Upazila. According to reports, the police were called to the scene to restore calm; however, a 26-year-old electrician for the plant had been fatally injured and later died. Violence first broke out at the power plant several days ago, after a Bangladeshi worker fell to his death in an alleged cover up by the Chinese company. It's alleged the worker was pushed to his death by a Chinese worker. Tensions have remained high between the Chinese and Bangladeshi work forces.

Clashes reported at power plant construction site

Violent clashes have been reported at a power plant being built south of Dhaka. Hundreds of Chinese and Bangladeshi labourers reportedly clashed at the construction site on Wednesday, leaving one Chinese worker dead and more than a dozen injured. The violence was reportedly triggered by the death of a Bangladeshi worker at the site of the China-funded plant, prompting locals to accuse the Chinese of trying to cover it up. More than 1,000 police officers were deployed to the site, some 200km south of Dhaka, to restore order.

Three drug suspects killed in Teknaf shootout

Three suspected drug criminals have reportedly been shot dead in a shootout with the Bangladeshi security forces in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar. According to reports, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were carrying out an anti-drug raid when the shootout occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Border police kill two drug criminals in Cox's Bazar

Two suspected drug criminals have been shot dead by border police in Cox's Bazar over the weekend. The pair were allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar when they were apprehended by Bangladeshi border guards at the Kayaukkhali canal near Teknaf. The suspects reportedly opened fire on the guards, sparking a gunfight in which both suspects were killed. An estimated 100,000 yaba pills have been seized by the police.

Sixteen charged for burning teenage girl alive

Sixteen people have been charged for burning a teenage girl to death. The victim, 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi, was reportedly doused in kerosene and burnt alive on the roof of her Islamic school in Feni last month. The attack came just days after she filed a complaint for sexual harassment. The complaint was made against Siraj Ud Doula, the headmaster of the Islamic school, who was among those charged on Wednesday. Although Doula had been in prison at the time of the murder, it's said he ordered the attack when she refused to withdraw her case against him.

Four criminals killed in security operation

Four suspected criminals have been killed during a recent security operation carried out by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) forces in the Chandpai Range area of Purba Sundarbans. The operation was launched in a bid to target a local group responsible for several thefts and robberies. Recent reports also indicated the group had begun abducting local fishermen and holding the hostages for ransom.

IS bomb attack reported in Dhaka

A bomb attack has been reported in Dhaka over the weekend, leaving at least three people wounded. The explosion occurred in the West Malibagh area on Sunday. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack, which appeared to be targeting the police, as the bomb went off next to a police van.

Dozens of Rohingya rescued in anti-trafficking operation

Dozens of Rohingya Muslims have been rescued during an anti-trafficking operation in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong. According to reports, some 54 ethnic Rohingya were rescued by the security forces. The operation was launched after reports surfaced of traffickers targeted refugee camps in the area. The traffickers had allegedly lured victims in with promises of work in Malaysia. No arrests have been made.

High alert issued for terrorist attacks

A high alert has been issued to parts of Bangladesh after intelligence reports indicated there was a heightened risk of terrorist attack. According to reports, the alert was issued over the weekend in response to reports showing Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or Islamic State (IS) militants were planning violent terrorist attacks targeting Hindu or Buddhist temples on Sunday 12 May. 

Political activist killed in Rajbila attack

A political activist has been killed and a second has been taken hostage following a targeted attack in Rajbila. Both victims have been identified as supporters of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (JSS) political party. The pair were allegedly ambushed in the Tangkhali Bazar area of Rajbila on Tuesday. It's believed the attack may have been planned by a reformist JSS faction, inspired by policy differences.

Villagers clash in Gojarikanda, Dhaka

A person has died following violent clashes which broke out between groups of villagers in the Dhaka Division. The fighting broke out in the village of Gojarikanda, located in the Itna upazila of the Kishoreganj district. The fatality has been identified as a adult female. An estimated 15 others were also wounded in the clash. it 's thought the fighting was sparked by a dispute between two groups of villagers.

Two militants blow themselves up during Dhaka raid

Two suspected militant have allegedly blown themselves up during a police raid in Dhaka. According to Al Jazeera, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) targeted a suspected hideout in the Metro Housing area of Bosila in the outskirts of the capital city on Monday, where a gunfight broke out between RAB personnel and suspected militants. After cordoning off the area, the two suspected militants reportedly detonated explosives, blowing themselves up. No other casualties have been reported. It's believed the suspects were members of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group. Various explosive material was also discovered during the raid.

Five killed in Chandpur bus crash

At least five people have been killed in a bus crash which occurred in Chandpur over the weekend. The accident happened on Sunday morning near Kakoirtola Bazar in the Sharasti area of Chandpur. According to local reports, the passenger bus collided with a rickshaw along the Chandpur-Cumilla regional highway.

Seven killed in Dhaka high-rise fire

At least 19 fatalities have been confirmed after a huge blaze broke out in a high-rise building in Dhaka. According to the BBC, some 70 people have been injured, while dozens more remain trapped inside the 19-storey building, which is located in the commercial Banani area of Dhaka. Recent reports indicate fire crews have brought the blaze under control, although it still remains unclear what may have caused the fire in the first place.

One killed in Chittagong gunfight

One fatality has been confirmed and two others have been wounded after a gunfight broke out following an attempted robbery in Chittagong. The altercation occurred in the Banshkhali upazila in the early hours of Monday morning. According to reports, the security forces were responding to reports of an attempted robbery in the Chhoto Chonua area, when they encountered a number of armed suspects, leading to a brief firefight in which one suspect was killed.

Election officials targeted in Chittagong shooting

A number of election officials have been killed after they were targeted in a gun attack in the Chittagong Division. According to the latest reports, seven fatalities have been confirmed, including two polling officials and four members of the Ansar-VDP Academy training forces, while some 26 others have been wounded in the shooting, which took place in Rangamati upazila shortly on Monday. The group were undertaking official duties when their four vehicles came under attack by a group of unidentified armed men on the main road in the Noymile area. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack yet, as the security forces beef up security measures in the area.

Gunfight reported in Cox's Bazar

A gunfight has been reported in Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong. According to preliminary reports, a crossfire broke out between suspected drug dealers and the police in the Sabrang area of Teknaf upazila on Friday morning. At least four suspects have been shot dead, while a large amount of narcotics was seized from the scene, along with two firearms. 

Drug criminal killed in police clash

A suspected drug criminal has been killed following a clash with the police in the Joypurhat district. According to reports, the encounter occurred in the Taushara area of Khetlal Upazila on Monday morning. Two Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police personnel were also wounded in the crossfire, which broke out after the suspect resisted arrest and opened fire.

Plane hijacker shot dead

A man who reportedly attempted to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight over the weekend was shot dead. A passenger allegedly claimed to have a firearm before attempting to hijack Flight BG147 on Sunday. According to the BBC, the suspect was killed when the security forces stormed the plane after it made an emergency landing in Chittagong. The suspect supposedly threatened to blow up the plane, although only a toy gun was found on his person. The flight had departed from Dhaka and was due to arrive in Dubai but was diverted to Shah Amanat International Airport after the fracas broke out.

Dhaka blaze kills 78

At least 78 people have been killed after a massive fire swept through parts of Dhaka overnight. According to the BBC, the blaze broke out at a residential building which was storing flammable material in the historic Chawkbazar district, where centuries-old narrow streets and close buildings helped the fire spread rapidly. It remains unclear precisely what caused the fire to break out as investigations are launched. The death toll is expected to rise as recovery operations continue and more bodies are uncovered. The high number of deaths has been put down to the fire breaking out overnight, while most people slept.

Nine killed in Chittagong slum fire

At least nine fatalities have been confirmed following a slum fire in Chittagong over the weekend. More than 200 slum dwellings were affected by the blaze, which swept through the Bhera Market slum rapidly on Sunday morning. According to the BBC, four of the fatalities were all members of one family, while some 50 others have also been injured in the fire. It allegedly took firefighters about five hours to tackle the blaze, which it's believed was sparked by a short circuit. 

Twenty-two Rohingyas rescued in Cox's Bazar

At least 22 Rohingya Muslims have been rescued by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Cox's Bazar. According to reports, a group of Rohingya were intercepted by BGB personnel in the Khurermukh area of Teknaf upazila, where they were allegedly waiting to board a trawler to Malaysia by human traffickers. It's believed the group had been staying in refugee camps in Balukhali and Kutupalong.

Border security open fire on villagers in Thakurgaon

At least three villagers have reportedly been killed after border security personnel allegedly opened fire on them in Thakurgaon. Some five others were also wounded in the altercation, which occurred in the village of Ruhia in the Haripur upazila. Local reports claim a group of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel were confiscating cattle from a villager after suspecting they were smuggled in from India when other villagers intervened and a clash broke out.

Scores flee fresh fighting in Myanmar

Scores of people from ethnic minority villages in Myanmar have reportedly fled the Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh amid fresh fighting. Recent clashes between the Myanmar army and the insurgent Arakan Army rebels has sparked concern in the area, where nearly 750,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a brutal military campaign last year. At least 38 families are said to have fled their homes fearing attack from military helicopters. According to Reuters, a group of 136 new refugees from Myanmar are confirmed to have recently settled in shelters in the Bandarban district of southern Bangladesh.

Four killed in Chittagong bus crash

At least four fatalities have been confirmed following a bus crash in Chittagong. According to reports, the public passenger bus collided with a private minibus in the Bhaiyer Dighir Paar area of Patiya upazila over the weekend. Some nine others were also wounded in the accident - the cause of which remains undetermined. Careless driving and poor road safety standards are often the cause of most fatal road accidents.

Protesters block traffic in Narayanganji

A large group of garment factory workers have blocked traffic in the Narayanganji district. The protesters blocked the main road between Narayanganj and Adamjee-Demra on Thursday, to protest against the death of a garment factory worker and to call on the authorities to appropriately punish those responsible and provide compensation to the deceased family. Protesters were ultimately dispersed by the police using tear gas after they refused to move.

Mob kills two criminals in Gazipur

Two suspected criminals have been killed by an angry mob in Gazipur. Local reports indicate the suspects were part of a group breaking into a house in the village of Rathora in Kaliganj Upazila when local residents chased them down and attacked them. Two of the 10 suspects who broke into the house were beaten to death. Police investigations have been launched and remain ongoing.

Two killed in Cox's Bazar gunfight

Two people have been killed after a gunfight broke out in Cox's Bazar. The clash reportedly occurred in the Huaikand area of Teknaf Upazila in the early hours of Monday morning. According to reports, both of the deceased have been identified as criminal suspects thought to be involved with drug and weapons dealing. It's thought the two were killed amid a dispute between rival criminal groups.

Thirteen workers killed in truck accident

At least 13 field workers have been killed after a truck overturned in Comilla, Chittagong According to reports, the truck which had been loaded up with coal and was making a delivery to a brickfield in the Narayanpur area of Gholpasha when the accident occurred. The driver was reportedly reversing the vehicle to offload the coal when it overturned onto a hut which a group of workers were sleeping in. At least two workers were also injured in the accident.

Students attack police station, Mymensingh

A group of students have attacked a police station in the city of Mymensingh in retaliation after a teacher was assaulted by a police constable. Teachers from the Syed Nazrul Islam College vandalized the station on Wednesday, and led to three people being arrested. The students also built a barricade near the town hall during the unrest.


Garment factory workers protest in Dhaka

Garment factory workers have been protesting against low wages in Dhaka. Protests have largely taken place outside the Shampa supermarket on the Ring Road in Shyamoli. According to local reports, the workers claim they have been receiving lower wages than they are due, because pay was incorrectly distributed by the factory owner. Traffic has been blocked on the Ring Road, leading to travel disruption throughout the area. Talks are underway to bring an end to the demonstrations, which have remained peaceful thus far.

Two criminals killed in Dhaka shootout

To suspected robbers have allegedly been shot dead during a shootout with the police in the Dhaka Division. The crossfire occurred in the village of Deobhog near the Shariatpur Sadar Upazila on Monday morning. It's believed the suspects were members of a larger criminal gang, thought to be responsible for a number of robberies in the area.

Garment factory worker protests continue in Dhaka

Garment factory workers have continued to protest in the capital city of Dhaka. Workers from Ready Made Garments (RMG) factories in the Uttara and Abdullahpur areas of Dhaka have reportedly set up barricades along the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, blocking traffic for five hours on Tuesday. The protest has been organised to call for a minimum wage increase. Continued widespread disruption should be expected throughout the affected areas.

Suspected criminal killed in mob attack

A suspected criminal has reportedly been killed in a mob attack in Chattogram. The individual was thought to have been an extortionist and was allegedly on police wanted lists as a known drug dealer. According to local reports, the suspect was apprehended by an angry crowd on Monday and was lynched in the Double Mooring area.

Factory workers protest in Dhaka

Garment factory workers have been protesting violently in parts of Dhaka. Some 5,000 workers from the Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories have rallied together to protest for higher minimum wage. The protests have been taking place in Uttara, Gazipur, Savar, and Abdullahpur, where protesters have blocked Uttara Road after a bus was set on fire. Protesters in the Hemayetpur Bagbari area of Savar have also clashed with the police, resulting in at least 15 people being injured as the demonstrations enter their second consecutive day.

Drug suspect killed in Khulna gunfight

A suspected drug dealer has reportedly been killed in a gunfight with the police in the Khulna Division. The crossfire broke out in the village of Mukterpur in the Damurhuda area of the Chuadanga district on Friday morning. According to reports, the police had arrested the suspect and were en route to the police station when they were ambushed by the suspect's accomplices in a bid to free the suspect - who was ultimately shot dead during the gunfight.

PM Hasina wins election

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has claimed victory in the national election in Bangladesh, securing her third consecutive term. Hasina won the vote with a landslide, as the opposition alliance only won seven out of the 300 parliamentary seats contested - with the governing party achieving it's best ever result by obtaining the support of 293 seats. According to reports, the election's integrity has been contested, with the opposition describing the result as 'farcical'. Although the election was marred by violence and rumours of votr rigging, it has been confirmed that there will be no re-run.

BNP official wounded in Noakhali clashes

BNP Joint Secretary General Mahbub Uddin Khokon has been wounded in clashes in the Noakhali district. Supporters of the BNP fought with rival Awami League supporters in the Sonaimuri sub-district during an election campaign. Khokon and more than 10 others were wounded when police fired live rounds to disperse the rioters.

Two killed in Awami-BNP clashes

Two people have been killed and some 30 others have been wounded after clashes broke out between supporters of the Awami League Party and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The clashes occurred near Dhaka, in the Noakhali and Faridpur districts on the outskirts of the capital. General elections are due to take place at the end of this month, on Sunday 30 December. There will continue to be a heightened risk of political demonstrations, campaigns, and potentially violent clashes.

Police clash with protesters in Dhaka

Dozens of people have been wounded after the police clashed with protesters in Dhaka. Local reports indicate as many as 32 people - including 20 police officers and 12 protesters - have been injured after clashes broke out on Wednesday. Supporters and members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had gathered in the Naya Paltan area to hold a rally ahead of the upcoming election. The police began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at people to disperse the crowds after violence broke out, with protesters setting fire to vehicles.

Two killed in political party infighting

Two teenage members of the Awami League have been killed, while at least 20 others have been wounded after infighting broke out amongst political party members. The incident occurred over the weekend in Shampa Market, near Sunibir Housing in the capital city of Dhaka. According to reports, a number of suspects from a rival faction within the Awami League targeted a competitor by ramming the two victims with their vehicle. It's believed a brief skirmish then broke out, in which some 20 others were wounded.

Elections to take place in December

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place next month. Chief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, confirmed the election will be held on Friday 23 December 2018. Submissions for nominations will remain open until Monday 19 November. Opposition parties, such as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are expected to launch intense political campaigns and there will be a heightened risk of protests and rallies throughout the lead-up to the election. Demonstrations can quickly become violent in Bangladesh and it's advisable to avoid large crowds and gatherings.

Former PM sentenced on corruption charges

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to another seven years in prison after finding her guilty of corruption. The charges were brought against Zia after she had already been incarcerated on separate charges. Zia's supporters claim her imprisonment and the charges against her are politically motivated, leading to protests against the corruption case being brought against her. The court's latest decision is likely to spark further protests.

Two wounded in Bogra bus attack

Two women have been wounded in an incendiary attack on a passenger bus in Bogra. According to reports, suspected members of the youth wing of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), called Jubo Dal, attacked the bus in the Shajahanpur area of Bogra yesterday in what is believed to have been a politically motivated attack following a controversial court verdict in Dhaka. At least one suspect has been detained by the police and remains in custody.

Security heightened in Dhaka ahead of court hearing

Security measures have been strengthened in Dhaka ahead of a court hearing in which 49 people face charges of terrorism. The suspects were all involved in a 2004 grenade attack in Dhaka which targeted an anti-terrorism rally on August 21, killing 24 people and wounding over 300. The court verdict is expected to be met by anti-terrorism campaigners and protests which could become violent.

Two militants killed in Chittagong raid

Two suspected militants have reportedly been killed during a security operation in Chittagong. The security forces performed a targeted raid on a suspected militant hideout in the Joraganj area of Mirsharai Upazila. The two militants who were killed were thought to be members of the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen (JMB) militant group.

Three killed in Bandarban gunfight

At least three people have been killed after a gunfight broke out in Bandarban. Sounds of gunshots were reported in the Naikhongchari area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The police were dispatched to the scene, where three people were confirmed dead at the scene. It's suspected that two rival gangs clashed, leading to the fatal gunfight.

Political rallies to take place in Dhaka

Two large political rallies are due to take place in the capital city of Dhaka, with the potential to cause widespread disruption. According to reports, the Awami League and the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) have both announced plans to hold rallies at the same time in Dhaka on Saturday 29 September. Travellers have been advised to avoid the demonstrations and to be aware of the heightened tensions and subsequent risk of clashes.

Five drug suspects killed in Bengal police raids

At least five suspected drug criminals have been killed in police raids carried out in Bengal. The police conducted targeted anti-narcotics raids in parts of Dhaka, Cox's Bazar, and Pabna. Two suspects were shot dead in the Rayer Bazar area of Dhaka, while another two were killed in the Ukhiya area of Cox's Bazar, and a fifth suspect died in a shootout in Atghoria Upazila, Pabna.

Two suspected drug traffickers killed in shootouts

Two suspected drug traffickers have been shot dead in separate shootouts in Feni. The two deceased suspects have been identified as 32-year-old Sumon (aka Lal Sumon) and 37-year-old Kabir Hossain. According to reports, the two suspects were targeted in counter-narcotics operations led by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the Lemua and Sultanpur areas. Overall some 84,000 yaba pills were confiscated by RAB personnel during the operations.

Criminal killed in police shootout

A suspected criminal has been shot dead during a shootout with the police in the Dhaka Division. The suspect was reportedly apprehended by the police in the village of Alamdanga in the Kalukhali area of the Rajbari district on Sunday. The police allegedly opened fire on the suspect after they resisted arrest - leading to a fatal shootout.

Four militants arrested in Rajshahi

At least four suspected militants have been arrested during a recent security operation in the Rajshahi Division. The suspects were reportedly detained by armed police officers in the Nawabganj area of Chapai Nawabganj. The suspects were allegedly discovered in possession of various weaponsa nd ammunition, as well as explosive material and bomb-making equipment. According to reports, the detainees have confessed to having links to the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group.

Journalist killed in Pabna

A 32-year-old journalist has been killed after being attacked at her home in the Radhanagar Majumdarparha area of the Pabna district, Rajshahi Division. Acording to local reports, Surborna Nodi - who worked for private channel Ananda TV and the Daily Jagroto Bangla newspaper - was by a group of 10-12 unidentified armed men after answering her door. The victim died on the way to the hospital. The police have launched an investigation but have yet to determine a clear motive.

Two activists killed in violent attack

Two Jubo League activists have reportedly been killed after being attacked in the Sitakunda area of the Chittagong district. The victims have been identified as a pair of brothers who were on their way home in the Barho Daroga Haat area of Sitakunda when they were attacked by a group of miscreants. According to reports, the victims were aboard a motorbike and were attacked when they slowed down in traffic on the highway. It's believed the attack may have been motivated by a dispute with a rival group.

Eight killed in bus collision

At least eight people have been killed after a bus collided with a people carrier in Narsingdi. According to local reports, the accident occurred last night in the Belabo upazila, where a passenger bus reportedly crashed into the other vehicle. No other casualties have been reported and the identities of the deceased have not been released. Investigations into the cause of the accident remain ongoing.

Two killed in oil deport fire

Two people have been killed and around nine others have been wounded after a large fire broke out at an oil depot Khulna city. The blaze happened at the Meghna Oil Depot in the Khalishpur area of the city on Monday morning. Local reports indicate the fire broke out around 10:45 local time, with firefighting crews tackling the blaze for almost an hour before successfully extinguishing it. It's believed the fire erupted whilst diesel and octane were being transferred from the depot into vehicles, although investigations into the cause remain ongoing.

Union leader stabbed to death in Cox's Bazaar

A local union leader has reportedly been stabbed to death in the Cox's Bazaar region of Chittagong. The attack occurred on Wednesday near the Maheshkhali area of Cox's Bazar. Forty-year-old Ziabul Huq, a Jubo League leader, was allegedly attacked by a group of rivals led by a suspect who has been identified as Shamsul Alam. It's believed the attack was motivated by a land dispute. According to reports, the attacker hacked at Ziabul with sharp weapons, leaving both his legs and his right hand almost detached from his body. The police have launched a manhunt for the main suspect and his accomplices. 

Dozens arrested amid crackdown on protesters

Dozens of protesters have been arrested amid a police crackdown following student protests for improved road safety which caused widespread traffic disruption earlier this month. At least 99 people, mostly students, have been arrested on charges of violence and alleged rumour mongering. According to reports, some 52 cases were filed with different police stations throughout the capital city in connection with the student protests - which were originally triggered by the deaths of two teenagers who were run over by a speeding bus.

Four militants arrested in Dhaka

At least four suspected militants have reportedly been arrested in Dhaka during a counter-terror operation. The arrest operation was led by the Counter Terrorism Unit and targeted suspected members of the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group in the Abdullahpur area of the capital city. According to reports, various bomb-making materials were discovered in their possession and confiscated by the police.

Dozens injured as Dhaka protests escalate

Dozens of people have been injured after protests in Dhaka escalated on Monday evening.Widespread protests have been ongoing throughout Dhaka for the best part of a week now, as student protesters continue to campaign for improved road safety laws. According to reports, violence broke out between, student protesters, political supporters, unidentified armed groups, and the police in the Aftabnagar and Bashundhara Gate area. Protesters allegedly barricaded themselves in a residential area following the clashes with an unidentified armed groups, while the police were dispatched to disperse the violent crowds. At least 40 people have been injured and there is likely to be continued disruption in the area.

US envoy attacked in Dhaka

An American envoy has been attacked by a group of armed men in the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka. The attack happened on Saturday night, when Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and her security team were travelling in two vehicles through the capital. According to the BBC, the ambassador was not harmed in the attack, which has come amid widespread travel disruption from ongoing student protests. The week-long protest has been calling on the government to improve road safety regulations following the deaths of two teenagers who were both hit by a speeding bus.

Students protests continue in Dhaka

Widespread student protests have continued to cause travel disruption in Dhaka. Thousands of students have been blocking main highways and roads throughout the last week to campaign for better road safety measures. The protests were sparked by the deaths of two teenagers after they were hit by a speeding bus. As protests enter their fifth consecutive day, public anger has been stirred up again after a government minister accused protesters of hypocrisy. According to the BBC, protests have continued despite government promises to consider their demands.

Travel disruption as student protests continue

Travel disruption continues to be reported throughout Dhaka as student protests remain ongoing. The protesters have been blocking major highways and parts of other main roads. Recent reports indicate the police have been deployed to disperse protesters and move them away from main highways. The protests have been ongoing for several days, causing widespread travel disruption, including at Dhaka's main international airport.

Protests cause disruption in Dhaka

Continued protests have caused widespread disruption throughout Dhaka. Over the last few days, a group of student protesters have rallied to block major highways and other main roads near Dhaka airport - leading to significant travel delays and general disruption in the area. Travellers should allow extra time for potential delays and check with local transport agencies for updates.

Protesters block route to airprot

A group of student protesters have blocked off a main route to Dhaka airport. The protest was organised in response to recent road accidents in the area and has lead to widespread congestion and traffic delays as protesters block off the Airport Road expressway. The police have been deployed to disperse demonstrators.

Landslide kills five in Cox's Bazar

At least five people have been killed after being buried by a landslide in the southern Cox's Bazar area. Heavy rainfall has hit the region as part of seasonal wet weather in Bangladesh, heightening the risk of landslides and flash floods. The landslide reportedly occurred near a Rohingya refugee camp near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, showcasing the risk refugees face during the monsoon season. Approximately 200,000 Rohingya refugees are thought to reside in camps set up on hills throughout the area, with thousands more having to relocate to safer ground.

IED attack targets BNP rally

A Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rally has been targeted in an explosive attack in Rajshahi. Three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were used to attack the rally, wounding at least five people in the explosions. According to local reports, unidentified attackers threw the three IEDs whilst driving by the rally on a motorbike before fleeing the scene. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Five boys drown in Matamuhuri river

Five teenage boys have reportedly died after drowning in the Matamuhuri river in Cox's Bazar over the weekend. According to the BBC, the group of six boys had just played a football game and had swam into the river to bathe when they were swept away by a strong current. Parts of the river are very deep, and although one boy was rescued, five others were swept away, with their bodies being recovered some six hours later.

Drug suspect killed in Tangail

A suspected drug criminal has been killed in a counter-narcotics operation in Tangail. The police reportedly launched the raid following a tip-off; however, the situation turned into a shootout when the suspect resisted arrest and opened fire on the police. According to reports, the suspect has been identified as an individual who was known to the police and was wanted for charges related to illicit drug activity and terrorism.

Protests cause travel disruption in Dhaka

Large groups of protesters have caused widespread travel disruption in the capital region of Dhaka. Local clothes factory workers has reportedly rallied over the closure of a factory run by Gold Star Design Limited. The protesters have blocked the Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue - a main highway in Dhaka - causing significant travel delays throughout the area.

Lighting storm kills four in Satkhira

At least four people have been killed and 10 others have been wounded after lightning storms hit the Satkhira area. The storms affected the Satkhira Sadar and Shyamnagar Upazila areas, killing four citizens in lightning-related incidents. The severe weather has been brought on by the arrival of the monsoon season in South Asia. Last week, at least 11 people died in northern Bangladesh after heavy rainfall caused the Brahmaputra river flood.

Terror suspect arrested in Gazipur

A suspected terrorist has been arrested during a counter-terror operation in Gazipur. The operation was launched by the police after receiving an anonymous tip-off regarding terrorist activity in the Maona area. The suspect was detained in the early hours of Sunday morning and was found in possession at least four explosives. Reports indicate the suspect may have been a member of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) militant group.

Two found dead in Pabna

Two people have been found dead in the Ataikula area of Pabna. The police responded to reports of a shooting on Sunday; however, upon arriving at the scene, the perpetrators had already fled. A murder investigation has been launched and remains ongoing. No suspects have been identified and the motive behind the incident remains unclear.

Over 250,000 displaced by floods

Over 250,000 people have been displaced, while at least 11 people have been killed in the last few days as flash floods hit parts of Bangladesh. The floods have come after heavy rainfall came amid the monsoon season, causing the Brahmaputra river to burst its bank - affecting various parts of north-eastern India and Bangladesh. According to reports, further rain and thunderstorms have been forecast for the next 48 hours.

Refugee camp leader killed in Cox's Bazar

A Rohingya refugee camp leader has reportedly been found dead in Cox's Bazar. It's believed that 35-year-old Arif Ullah was murdered by unknown assailants on Monday evening. Local reports claim the attackers were armed with sharp weapons and ambushed him on his bike near the Balukhali camp. The local police have confirmed the victim was hacked to death and that his throat had been slit open - indicating the attack was a pre-meditated murder. No suspects have been detained thus far and the motive behind the attack remains unclear.

One killed in gang violence

A suspected criminal has been killed in an incident of gang violence in Jessore. The suspect - an alleged drug dealer - was reportedly shot dead after a fight broke out between two drug gangs in the Abhaynagar area of Jessore. The police have launched an investigation into the incident, although no suspects have been detained thus far.

One killed in Gosairhat drug raid

At least one suspected drug dealer has been killed in a drug raid in the Nagerpara area of Gosairhat. The police launched the raid after received a tip-off that a group of drug dealers were operating in the area. The suspect was allegedly shot dead whilst resisting arrest and various firearms and illegal narcotics were also seized by the police.

Landslides kill 12 in Cox's Bazar

Twelve people have been killed and at least three others have been wounded after landslides hit Cox's Bazar in Chittagong. The landslides were caused by heavy rainfall in the Rangamati and Cox's Bazar districts. The severe weather conditions have put thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in temporary camps in area at risk. 

Football fans clash in Bangladesh

Groups of rival football fans have reportedly clashed in Bangladesh. Although Bangladesh has no national team competing in the World Cup, many football fans have chosen to support some of the favourite teams to win the tournament - such as Argentina and Brazil - causing high tensions in the streets of many towns. According to reports, Brazil fans wielded machetes as they clashed with Argentina fans. Foreign flags have also heightened tensions, with some calling for a ban. Just last week, a man and his son were left critically wounded after rival fans of Neymar and Messi clashed with machetes in Bandar.

Landslides kill 10 in Chittagong

Heavy rainfall has caused deadly landslides to occur in the Chittagong Division. According to local reports, at least 10 fatalities have been confirmed as rescue operations continued. The landslides hit residential properties in the Rangamati area on Tuesday morning after torrential rain loosened the land in the region overnight. Further casualties remain likely as efforts to clear the affected sites continue.

Criminal shot dead by police in Dhaka

A suspected criminal has been shot dead by the police in Dhaka during a raid. The police were carrying out the raid on a property on Bashundhara road in connection to a gang of assassins operating in the capital city. The deceased suspect was thought to be a member of the gang.

Tropical Cyclone alert issued

A weather alert has been issued in Bangladesh as a tropical depression approaches the Bay of Bengal. The southern Chittagong district is expected be affected by heavy rain and strong winds. Residents have been put on alert as there is a high possibility that the depression will turn into a tropical cyclone. Landslides and flooding remain a high possibility, along with power outages.

Twelve drug criminals killed in anti-narcotics operations

At least 12 suspected drug dealers have been killed in recent anti-narcotics operations across Bangladesh. The nationwide raids targeted the Chandpur, Comilla, Dhaka, Jhenidah, Munshiganj, Natore, Pabna, Pirojpur, and Satkhira areas over the weekend. No further details have been released by the police as of yet; however, it's possible the suspects were part of the same criminal drug network operating across several provinces.

Four killed in Chittagong landslide

A landslide in the southern Chittagong Division has killed four people over the weekend. The landslide occurred in the Naikhongchhari area of the Bandarban district. Reports have indicated that the four people killed were cutting into a hill for construction when the landslide happened. It remains unclear whether or not they were cutting into the hill illegally.

Nine drug criminals killed in nationwide operations

At least nine suspected drug dealers have been killed in recent nationwide counter-drug operations. The police led raids in the Chuadanga, Jessore, Jhenaidah, Gazipur, Narsingdi, Rajshahi, and Tangail areas overnight. Four police officers were also wounded in crossfires, while approximately 3,000 Yaba pills were confiscated.

Suspect killed in police shootout

A suspected criminal has reportedly been killed in a shootout with the police in Tangail. The armed confrontation occurred on Sunday in the Mirzapur area of Tangail, where the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) forces apprehended a suspect. It's believed the shooting broke out when the suspect resisted arrest and opened fire on the police.

Terror suspect killed in police shooting

A suspected terrorist has been killed after being shot by the police during a gunfight in Chittagong. The shooting occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning, near Khushipur bridge in the Daganbhuiyan area of the Feni district. The police reportedly apprehended the suspect, opening fire when they resisted arrest. 

Gang leader killed in Kushtia gunfight

A local criminal gang leader has reportedly been shot dead in a gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) security forces in Kushtia. According to reports, 45-year-old Hamidul Islam was a notorious terrorist and drug criminal and was thought to be the leader of the 'Hamidul Bahini' group. RAB personnel apprehended the suspect near the Gorai river dam in the Char Milpara area of Kushtia city in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Two RAB personnel were also injured in the shootout.

Local political leader killed in Jessore

A local political party leader, Monirul Islam, has been killed in a violent targeted attack in Jessore city. According to reports, Islam - the organising secretary of the Tarun League party - was attacked with several small bombs before being beaten to death by his attackers. As investigations continue, the police confirmed that another person was also wounded in the attack.

Ten die in Chittagong stampede

Ten people have reportedly died after a stampede broke out in Chittagong. Reuters has reported that at least 10 women died and around 50 others were injured in the stampede - which broke out in a poor village when a local steel mill owner began giving out clothes and other items as part of an 'almsgiving' tradition ahead of Ramadan. As many as 12,000 people are thought to have been involved in the incident.

Protest turns violent in Gazipur

A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) protest which turned violent in Gazipur has resulted in 25 people being arrested by the security forces. BCL supporters were reportedly gathered outside the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University when protesters started setting fire to vehicles. The violence forced the security forces to intervene, dispersing the crowd and arresting at least 25 protesters - including a BCL leader.

Criminal killed in gunfight with police

A suspected criminal has been killed in a gunfight with the police in the Khulna Division. The crossfire occurred in the Sundarban forest, where Rapid Action Battalion forces were carrying out routine patrol operations and encountered a group of armed criminals. One suspect was killed, while an undetermined number of others escaped. Various weapons and ammunition were also seized by the security forces.

Robbers target cargo vessel

Six robbers in a black boat tried to board an anchored general cargo vessel from astern. The crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. One robber managed to board the vessel and threatened the crew by showing a knife. Hearing the alarm and seeing the alerted crew the robber escaped without stealing anything. All crew reported safe. (IMB)

Bangladesh denies Myanmar repatriation claim

Authorities from Bangladesh have denied claims from Myanmar that a Rohingya family was repatriated from Bangladesh. According to the BBC, Myanmar claimed the family were among the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh from military violence in the Rakhine state last year; however, Bangladesh has stated that the family didn't flee to Bangladesh and technically never left Myanmar - therefore no such repatriation took place. Repatriation talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar have been overshadowed by concerns regarding the lack of guaranteed safety for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Over 50 wounded in violent unrest

At least 50 people have been wounded violent unrest broke out in the Nabiganj area. According to reports, fighting erupted between two rival groups of villagers over a longstanding land dispute. Although the situation has calmed down, the security forces had to be dispatched to restore public order and a security presence will be maintained as further violence remains likely.

Students protest in Dhaka and Rajshahi

University students have gathered in Dhaja and Rajshahi to protest for reforms to the government's civil service job quota fulfilment requirements. Groups of protesters have blocked main highways, causing widespread traffic disruption. While the demonstrations have mostly remained peaceful, large crowds should be avoided as protests ca suddenly become violent.

Terror suspect killed in Khulna

The police have killed a suspected terrorist in a shootout in the Jessore district of Khulna. According to reports, the Rapid Action Battalion were deployed to the Kholadanga area, where a gunfight broke out between the police and a group of armed suspects. One suspect - wanted for child-rape charges and suspected terrorism - was killed while the others managed to escape. Search operations have been launched in pursuit of the remaining suspects.

Student protests turn violent in Dhaka

At least 100 people have been wounded after student protests turned violent at Dhaka University. The demonstration was organised to demand a reformation of the quota for government jobs; however, protesters reportedly became violent and attacked the university's Vice Chancellor's house - forcing the police to intervene. Rubber bullets and tear gas were used to disperse the crowds. Protests remain ongoing and have begun to affect other areas of the city, leading to general disruption.

Heightened security measures ahead of Bengali New Year

Heightened security measures are due to be deployed in Dhaka ahead of Bengali New Year celebrations. Additional security will be stationed throughout main parts of the capital, including armed police, special task forces, and watchtowers. The measures are intended to combat the risk of terrorist attacks targeting new year celebrations on Saturday 14 April.

Violent clashes break out at Chittagong University

At least 15 people have been arrested after violent clashes broke out between two rival groups at Chittagong University. The fighting started when two rivalling groups Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) supporters clashed on campus. The police intervened, arresting 15 people and confiscating a number of sharp weapons.

US-Bangla Airlines suspends flights

The Bangladeshi airline, US-Bangla Airlines, has confirmed a decision to suspend all flight operations indefinitely. The suspension comes two days after a fatal plane crash in Nepal involving a US-Bangla aircraft. At least 50 people were thought to have been killed in the crash. While the decision is said to be based on a shortage of aircraft, investigations into causal factors of the crash are still ongoing.

Opposition party protest to take place

The main opposition, the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), is expected to launch a nationwide protest over the weekend. BNP officials confirmed the plan shortly after the police shit down a protest in Dhaka. The BNP has been leading anti-government protests since its former leader, Khaleda Zia, was arrested last month. BNP supporters claim her arrest is politically motivated. The protests will take place on Saturday 10 March and travellers should anticipate general disruption and heightened security measures.

One killed in Rangpur shootout

At least one person has been killed and four others have been wounded in a shootout between suspected criminals and the police in Rangpur. Gunfire broke out during a police raid in the Munsipara area after the suspects resisted arrest and opened fire on the police. One suspect was killed and another was wounded, while three police officers were also wounded.

Three suspects killed in police shootings

Three suspected criminals have been killed in separate police shootings. Two suspects were shot dead by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel during an operation in the Majherchar area of Patharghata Upazila in the Barguna district, Barisol Division. Meanwhile, another suspect was shot dead and five police officers were wounded in an exchange of fire during a police operation in the Nabinagar area of the Chittagong Division.

Three killed in quarry landslide

Three people have been killed in a landslide in a quarry in the Shah Aefin Tila area of Compaiganj, Sylhet. The landslide was caused when workers removed a large portion of mud whilst illegally quarrying for stones. At least three people were killed and four others were wounded.

Several killed as bus crashes into lorry in Narayanganj

At least nine people have been killed and 29 others injured when a bus crashed into a lorry in Narayanganj, outskirts of Dhaka. The accident happened on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway when the bus reportedly crashed into a parked lorry. Among the casualties were two young children.

One killed as wild elephant storms camp in Ukhia

At least one person has been killed and more than 30 others injured when a wild elephant stormed a Rohingya camp in Ukhia, eastern Bangladesh. Local authorities confirmed that the incident happened on Thursday morning at the Kutupalang camp. Police revealed that wild elephant attacks in the area are common as irregular settlements are built near their natural habitat along the border with Myanmar.

Violence breaks out in Sylhet

At least 50 people have been wounded after violence broke out in Habiganj, Sylhet Division. Members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were reportedly protesting the recent sentencing of BNP leader Khaleda Zia, when the police attempted to disperse the demonstration, sparing violent clashes. The police allegedly opened fire on the crowds, with several protesters suffering from gunshot wounds.

Activist killed in Sylhet shooting

An activist for the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) has been killed in a shooting incident in the Sylhet Division. The victim was reportedly targeted by unidentified gunmen in the Khagrachhari area of Sadar. The killing is believed to have been motivated by a personal dispute, as police investigations continue.

One killed in Sunamganj clashes

A person has been killed and at least four others have been wounded after violent clashes broke out in Sunamganj. The fighting occurred in the Tetoy area of Derai. Two local groups were involved in the clash, which allegedly arose out of a rivalry between two particular members.

Opposition leader jailed for corruption

The leader of the main opposing party in Bangladesh has been jailed for five years on charges of corruption. Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was found guilty in a court in Dhaka, sparking protests throughout the city. According to the BBC, the police were forced to intervene, using tear gas to disperse thousands of people protesting against the conviction. Zia denies the charges, claiming her imprisonment is politically motivated.

Demonstrations to take place in Dhaka

Public demonstrations are expected to take place across Dhaka and other major towns and cities tomorrow. An OSAC report has warned travellers of potential disruptions to transport services in anticipation of large gatherings in response to a court verdict from a case against the opposition leader and former prime minister, Khaleda Zia. Protests in Bangladesh have a history of becoming violent quickly and there is a high risk demonstrators will clash with the security forces.

Bangladeshi fisherman wounded in cross-border firing incident

A Bangladeshi fisherman has been wounded in a cross-border firing incident near the Naf river. According to reports, the Border Security Forces of Myanmar opened unprovoked fire on the fisherman near the Naf river in Teknaf, Chittagong. Within the last year, the river has been used as the main way for Rohingya refugees to escape military violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Border security has been amplified throughout the region as a result.

Police kill suspected criminal in Khulna

A suspected criminal has been killed and another has been wounded during a police operation in Kushtia, Khulna. The suspects were targeted by the police on the highway in the Mahishdanga area between Kushtia and Jhenaidah; however, upon being pulled over by the police, the suspects reportedly opened fire, sparking a fatal shootout. Two police officers were also wounded in the shootout, while a number of weapons were seized from the suspects' vehicle.

Twenty-five factory workers wounded in Dhaka protest

At least 25 factory workers have been wounded in a recent protests in Dhaka. The workers gathered outside the headquarters of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to protest against low salaries. Violence reportedly broke out as workers vandalised the building, forcing the local police forces to intervene.

UN warns 100,000 Rohingya at risk of floods

A UN report has warned that the results from recent landslide and flood risk hazard mapping indicate that around 100,000 Rohingya Muslims are at a high-risk of danger in the event of severe wet weather. The report has sparked concerns that parts of the refugee camps set up in Cox's Bazar could be devastated by the annual monsoon season - which typically hits between May and June. According to Reuters, an estimated 100,000 out of 900,000 Rohingya refugees could face fatal consequences if they're not relocated to safer ground.

Three criminals killed in police shootout

At least three criminals have been killed in a shootout with the police in the Barisal Division. The police reportedly responded to reports of a number of suspected robbers operating in the Patharghata area of the Barguna district; however, the suspects opened fire on the police, sparking a brief gunfight in which three suspects were killed. Another suspected robber was also shot dead in the Chuadanga district of the neighbouring Khulna Division.

Students protest oustide Dhaka University

Over 100 students have gathered outside Dhaka University to protest against the university's association with seven colleges. Protesters also called for the punishment of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists involved in the harassment of female students. The protest has caused travel disruption throughout the area and at least nine people were injured after members of the BCL clashed with the protesters.

Over 100 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh

Over 100 Rohingya Muslims have fled from the Rakhine state to Bangladesh within the last week. The news comes as Myanmar and Bangladesh agree a repatriation deal - the first stages of which are due to commence in the next few weeks. According to Reuters, ethnic-minority Rohingya Muslims have continued to flee the Rakhine state due to ongoing persecution. Over half a million Rohingya have fled t Bangladesh since the military launched a violent crackdown in the region last August. Some refugees have claimed the violence is still ongoing, despite the recent progress in repatriation talks. Recent reports suggest a number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have begun to protest against the recent repatriation agreement.

Over 100 wounded in Dhaka clashes

Over 100 people have been wounded in clashes between two political groups in the Dhaka Division. Supporters of Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy rallied in the Chashara area of Narayanganj to protest against local government plans to allow evicted street-beggars to return to the city's pavements. The mayor has been a vocal critic of illegal 'hawkers' and has gone head-to-head with the local Awami League MP Shamim Osman on the matter several times since the government announced intentions to reverse a drive to remove hawkers from the city's pavements. According to reports, over 100 people - including the mayor - were injured after the violence broke out between Ivy's followers and Awami League supporters. The police were forced to intervene, firing tear gas to disperse people. Additional security forces have been deployed to the area to maintain peace.

Myanmar agrees Rohingya repatriation time frame

Myanmar has reportedly agreed a repatriation time frame with Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims. Over half a million Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh last year after the military launched a violent crackdown in the Rakhine state. According to the BBC, Myanmar is expected to accept 1,500 Rohingya every week, with the aim to return all refugees within two years. Humanitarian groups and aid agencies have raised concerns regarding the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Thirty-four killed in cold snap

At least 34 people have died in a recent cold snap which has spread across parts of the country. Local reports indicate that 34 deaths have been caused by cold-related illnesses within the last few weeks as temperatures drop to 2.6 degrees Celcius - the lowest temperatures recorded since 1968. The cold weather has mainly affected the northern and central regions, where government relief initiatives have distributed around 98,000 blankets and 80,000 emergency dry food rations across the 20 worst-affected districts. The cold weather has reportedly damaged crops, increasing the need for winter food supplies.

Protests cause delays at Dhaka Airport

Protests have caused widespread travel delays at the main international airport serving Dhaka capital city. Protesters have flocked to demonstrate outside Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after a controversial religious scholar from India arrived for talks. Access to the airport has been severely restricted and flight services have also been affected by the demonstration. The situation reportedly remains ongoing and travellers have been warned to expect significant delays and general disruption.

Senior politician killed in Jessore bomb attack

A Bangladeshi politician has reportedly been killed in a targeted bomb attack in the Jessore district of the Khulna Division. The victim has been identified as Abbas Mollah - a senior member of the leading political party, the Bangladesh Awami League. A group of unidentified attackers targeted Mollah by throwing a bomb at him inside a property in Chandrapur village in the Jhikargachha area of Jessore. The attack is thought to have been politically motivated; however, no arrests have been made as police investigations continue.

Political leader abducted and killed in Chittagong

A prominent political figure has been abducted and killed by a group of gunmen in the Chittagong Division. A group of unidentified gunmen allegedly kidnapped the victim in the Swiss Gate area of the Khagrachari district on Tuesday. The victim - who has been identified as the leader of the United People's Democratic Front (UNDF) - was held hostage briefly before being killed by his abductors. It's believed his abduction and murder was politically motivated and police investigations have been launched. Local officials have deployed a number of security personnel to avoid social unrest in response to the murder.

Four killed in quarry landslide

Four people have been killed and six others are missing following a landslide at a quarry in Jaflong. The victims were working at the stone quarry when the accident happened at around 16:45 local time. Local officials said the operation was being carried out illegally.

Diptheria kills 21 in Rohingya camps

At least 21 people have been killed in an outbreak of diptheria at refugee camps in Bangladesh. The World Health Organization (WHO) said 1,571 suspected cases were registered at camps for Rohingya Muslims in the south-east of the country. A vaccination campaign has been launched in the country targeting children under six.

Ten killed in Chittagong stampede

At least 10 people have been killed and 30 others wounded in a stampede in Chittagong city. The incident happened during a prayer and feast for former mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury, who died on Friday. People rushed to enter the Rima Community Centre when one of the gates was opened.

Security operation investigates New York bomber's associates

A security operation has been launched to investigate the family and associates of the New York bomber, Akayed Ullah. Security officials in Dhaka have confirmed the investigation, stating that - while the suspect had no known criminal record whilst living in Chittagong - all known family and associates are being tracked down for questioning. Ullah remains in police custody in New York City after detonating a home-made pipe bomb on a subway in an attempted terrorist attack.

Police kill two in Dhaka shootout

Police officers have shot dead two suspected criminals in a shootout in Dhaka. The exchange of fire took place in the Badda area of Dhaka, where the police were carrying out a raid when the suspects allegedly opened fire on police officers. As a result, the police returned retaliatory fire, wounding two suspected criminals who later died in hospital. Gun violence is common among criminal networks in Bangladesh, with a significant proportion of criminal groups operating in the Dhaka Division.

High risk of cross-border attack

A non-governmental organisation has warned that members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - the Rohingya militant group responsible for sparking the military crackdown on ethnic Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State, Myanmar - plan to attack Myanmar from across the border in Bangladesh. The International Crisis Group (ICG) released a new report warning of a high risk of a cross-border attack, as many ARSA militants are thought to have sought protection in refugee camps in Bangladesh. According to reports, the ICG warned that ARSA "appears determined to regroup and remain relevant", and that cross-border attacks are likely to target security personnel and non-Muslims in Myanmar.

Three terror suspects killed in Rajshahi

Three terror suspects have been killed in a counter-terror police operation in the Rajshahi Division. The operation was launched ahead of Pope Francis' papal visit to Bangladesh. Raid units targeted a house near the Bangladesh-India border in Madhyachar village of the Chapai Nawabganj district. The suspects inside the property reportedly resisted arrest, throwing explosives before opening fire on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police unit. The RAB personnel responded with gunfire, killing three suspects. The three suspects allegedly had links to Islamist militant groups.

Bangladesh signs Rohingya repatriation deal with Myanmar

A deal has been signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar. The Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from military violence in the Rakhine State. The crisis arose after a series of Rohingya insurgent attacks sparked a military crackdown in the region. Myanmar is a majority Buddhist country and the Rohingya have experienced decades of persecution as a result of ethnic tensions. The UN stated that the situation in the Rakhine State was trademark ethnic cleansing. According to the BBC, details of the deal are yet to be confirmed; however, humanitarian groups and aid agencies have expressed concern over the forced return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, suggesting repatriation shouldn't take place until the safety of the Rohingya can be guaranteed.

UNICEF warns of contaminated water in Rohingya camps, Cox's Bazar

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned of an extreme risk of contaminated water in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Rohingya Muslims began arriving in Cox's Bazar in August, fleeing from military violence and persecution in the Rakhine State, Myanmar. UNICEF has launched a joint operation with the Bangladeshi authorities to investigate high levels of E.coli in water drawn from wells in refugee camps. "The latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that 62 percent of water available to households is contaminated", said UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac. According to reports, there has also been a distinct increase in the number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) recorded in the region. Since the crisis broke out in late August, there have been over 36,000 cases of AWD reported. At least 10 people have died and 42 percent of cases were young children under the age of five. 

One killed in Jessore gang fight

At least one person has been killed in a gang fight in Jessore, Khulna. Fighting allegedly broke out between two rival gangs in the Nongorpur Mazar area of Jessore. The security forces were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of gang violence; however, most of the suspects fled once the police arrived. Several small arms and light weapons were confiscated from the scene and investigations remain ongoing.

Student protesters clash with local residents in Sylhet

Ten people have been wounded in violent clashes between student protesters and local residents in the Sylhet Division. Students from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) were protesting against a recent wave of muggings on the university's campus. According to reports, dozens of SUST students gathered on the main road outside the university to protest; however, violent clashes broke out with local residents when the students blocked the road. The police were deployed to intervene, forcing both groups to disperse.

Travel warnings issued for Bangladesh

The Australian government's foreign travel advice website has issued a travel warning for Bangladesh, advising foreign nationals to avoid unnecessary travel to the country. The advisory warns that there is a high risk of terrorist attacks targeting Western nationals and 'Western interests'. Travellers should reconsider their need to travel to the country and - in the event of unavoidable travel - remain cautious and ensure they have 'robust security plans' in place.

Seven Rohingya refugees die fleeing to Bangladesh

At least seven Rohingya refugees have died in recent incidents whilst fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Despite government agreements to repatriate refugees, Rohingya Muslims have continued to flee from persecution in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The most recent military crackdown in the region was sparked after insurgents attacked security personnel in Maungdaw in August 2017. According to Reuters, at least four Rohingya refugees died when their boat capsized in the Cox's Bazar district of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Three Rohingya children also died in a separate incident in southern Cox's Bazar.

Pilot arrested in suspected terror plot

A pilot has been arrested along with three suspected militants for allegedly plotting to sabotage an aircraft in a terror plot. Bangladeshi police officers reportedly detained a pilot who had been working for Biman Bangladesh Airlines, alongside three other suspects, during a property raid in Dhaka. The pilot is believed to have had links to several militants and may have been a member of the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group. According to reports, the detainees are being held in police custody for questioning as further investigations continue.

Myanmar and Bangladesh agree joint repatriation efforts

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed on joint repatriation efforts to deal with the influx of Rohingya Muslims in parts of Bangladesh from the Rakhine state in Myanmar. The Rohingya refugees have fled from military violence which was sparked after insurgents attacked military posts in Maungdaw in August 2017. According to Reuters, over half a million Rohingya refugees will be repatriated in a cooperative effort to tackle the crisis in the Rakhine state and neighbouring parts of Bangladesh. Two separate agreements were signed in Naypyitaw for security and border cooperation, stating plans to "halt the outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh" and to "form a joint working group".

RAB kill suspected drug dealer in Chittagong

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have killed an alleged drug dealer during a confrontation in Chittagong. A bag containing 200,000 tablets were recovered from the suspect, along with two pistols and ammunition. "The drug dealers started firing at RAB, prompting the law enforcers to fire back. The firing stopped after some time and a bullet-hit body was found in the location," said RAB spokesman Mimtanur Rahman.

Twelve killed as Rohingya refugee boat capsizes near Teknaf

At least 12 Rohingya refugees have been killed and six others have been wounded after a boat capsized in the Naf river near Teknaf in the Cox's Bazar district of the Chittagong Division. The boat was thought to be carrying as many as 50 passengers across the border from the Rakhine State in Myanmar to Bangladesh. Rohingya Muslims have been crossing the river border to flee from military violence in the Rakhine State. Many refugee boats capsize because they are overcrowded and those who can't swim face a high risk of drowning in the river.

Bangladesh claims 3,000 Rohingya Muslims killed in Rakhine State, Myanmar

A Bangladeshi government representative has claimed that 3,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed in the Rakhine State, Myanmar, over the last month-or-so amid the military crackdown in the region. The Foreign Minister for the Bangladesh government, AH Mahmood Ali, has stated that 3,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the army operation in the area, which was launched just over a month ago, in late August earlier this year. The army of Myanmar claims it launched the operation in response to violent attacks by Rohingya insurgents, and denies the UN's accusations of ethnic cleansing. According to reports, the UN estimates that at least 520,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since late August - nearly 40,000 of which arrived within the last 10 days. The government of Myanmar has come under fire from the international community to intervene and just last week, promised to liaise with Bangladesh to work towards repatriating the Rohingya refugees.

Twelve Rohingya die as boat capsizes in Naf river

At least 12 Rohingya Muslims have been killed after a refugee boat capsized in the Naf river en route from the Rakhine state in Myanmar to Bangladesh. According to the BBC, the boat was carrying around 100 Rohingya refugees and likely capsized due to being overloaded. Around 10 children are thought to be among those dead; however, no final death toll has been confirmed as it is unclear precisely how many passengers were aboard the boat and several people remain missing. Search and rescue operations are ongoing. Over the last month-or-so, over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape military violence and persecution in the Rakhine State. Although the leader of Myanmar has promised to repatrionise refugees, hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have continued to flee.

Fourteen Rohingya refugees killed as boat capsizes

At least 14 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have been killed after their boat capsized off the coast of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The boat was carrying Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine State in Myanmar to Bangladesh, whe it encountered rough waters and collided with something before overturning. According to reports, the bodies of at least 10 children and four women have been recovered thus far; however, the death toll is expected to rise as refugee boats are often overcrowded and many refugees cannot swim. Difficult sea conditions paired with poorly maintained and overloaded boats have caused several other fatal accidents as Rohingya refugees continue to flee military violence in the Rakhine State.

Suspected criminal shot dead in Mymensingh

A suspected criminal has been shot dead in the Trishal area of Mymensingh after an encounter with the police forces. According to reports, the suspect was apprehended by the police during an arrest operation on Monday. The police reportedly launched the operation after receiving information regarding a criminal plan. Gunfire allegedly broke out when the suspects resisted arrest.

Rohingya refugee figures rise to 164,000

Since it was reported that Bangladeshi police were allowing Rohingya Muslims to cross the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh, refugee figures for have continued to rise. The latest figures released by the UN indicate that as many as 164,000 Rohingya refugees have successfully made the crossing from the Rakhine State in Myanmar to Bangladesh. These figures have increased from approximately 125,000 just two days ago. According to France 24, the most recent UN figures represent the number of  Rohingya Muslims who have fled from the violent military crackdown in the  Rakhine State within the last fortnight.

Two killed in violent clashes in Khulna

Two people have been killed and at least 10 others have been wounded in a violent clash in the Kushtia district of the Khulna Division. Supporters of the Awami League (AL) and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) reportedly clashed in the village of Bakhuil in the Sadar Upazila, where a group of BNP supporters allegedly attacked three shops in Sreekol bazaar following a dispute with AL supporters. According to reports, the fighting broke out when BNP supporters started looting from the attacked shops. The clash was broken up after the police intervened; however, two AL supporters have been confirmed dead, while 10 others have been wounded.

High risk of water-borne diseases as floods subside

Aid agencies have warned of a heightened risk of water-borne diseases as flood waters subside across South Asia. Over the last few weeks, seasonal storms brought destructive wet weather to parts of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh - causing widespread flooding and landslides. As the flood water recedes, aid agencies have identified a high risk of catching Malaria and Dengue fever. According to reports, thousands of cases have already been reported. In Bangladesh, at least 13,000 cases of diarrhoea and respiratory-related illnesses have been reported and almost 27,000 similar cases have been reported in Nepal. The International Federal of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have issued health warnings as an estimated 41 million people are expected to be affected across South Asia.

Bangladesh to protest landmines along Myanmar border

Government officials in Bangladesh have announced intentions to issue a formal complaint to the government of Myanmar over the alleged laying of landmines along a section of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Reuters has reported that the landmines are thought to have been laid by Myanmar's military forces as a way of preventing the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh due to an ongoing brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. At least two children have been wounded in landmine-related incidents near the border in the Uttar Para area. Bangladeshi claims that the landmines were planted by the military forces of Myanmar have not been officially confirmed and the Army of Myanmar has not commented on the issue.

Police allow Rohingya refugees to flee Myanmar

Bangladeshi police are reportedly allowing Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar to cross the border to Bangladesh. Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing from a violent military crackdown in the Rakhine State following a series of insurgent attacks in the area. The military crackdown has targeted the Rohingya community, forcing thousands to flee over the Naf River border to Bangladesh - where dozens of refugees have died recently after overloaded crossing boats have capsized. According to the BBC, the Bangladeshi forces have decided to ignore government orders to prevent people fleeing violence in Myanmar to cross the border. Aid agencies claim that as many as 20,000 refugees are stuck along the Naf River waiting to cross the border and are at high risk of drowning, disease, and venomous snakes. The UN has estimated that approximately 58,000 refugees have successfully fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh so far and have launched a formal investigation into allegations of rape, murder, and torture during another military crackdown last year, which was widely criticised as a form of ethnic cleansing. The Rakhine State is the poorest regions of Myanmar and was home to over one million Rohingya Muslims - who are not considered citizens of Myanmar and have faced decades of persecution in the Buddhist-majority country.

Twenty-six refugees killed as boats sink in Naf River

At least 26 Rohingya refugees have been killed after their boats sank crossing the Naf River in Bangladesh. The refugees were attempting to flee to Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh from the ongoing military violence in the Rakhine State. Three vessels are thought to have capsized after being overloaded. Twenty-six bodies were recovered; however, the death toll may rise as search operations continue. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled the Rakhine State in Myanmar since mid-August after insurgents attacked police check posts in Maungdaw - sparking the second major military crackdown in the area within a year.

Four Rohingya refugees killed as boat capsizes in Cox's Bazaar

At least four Rohingya refugees have been killed and as many as 21 others remain unaccounted for after a boat capsized in the Naf River in Cox's Bazaar. The refugees had allegedly been attempting to enter Bangladesh for refuge from the ongoing military violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims previously fled to Bangladesh when a military crackdown occurred in the same area following an insurgent attack on border police last year. The latest bout of violent military operations was sparked by an attack carried out by Rohingya insurgents in Maungdaw last week. 

Travel warning issued for Bangadesh

A travel warning has been issued for Bangladesh by the US government. The US Department of State has issued the warning due to a continued high threat of terrorism in the country. Threats from terrorist groups continue to put foreign travellers at risk and southern regions have been experiencing an influx of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in Myanmar. Foreign citizens have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel to high-risk areas.

Four killed as floods worsen in northern areas

Four people have been killed after floods have worsened in the northern areas of Bangladesh. The Rajshahi, Dhaka, and Rangpur Divisions have been inundated with non-stop heavy rain over the last week as the Monsoon season sets in - leading to widespread flooding and emergency evacuations across the northern areas. Four people were killed in the Gaibandha district of Rangpur after being swept away by flood waters. According to reports, over 25,000 people remain marooned in isolated areas of the Chapainawabganj and Natore districts in Rajshahi, while transport services have been severely disrupted in the Tangail district in Dhaka.

Fresh influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar

A fresh influx of Rohingya refugees has been reported in Bangladesh over the last few days, as a recent military build up in the Rakhine State of Myanmar forces Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border with Bangladesh. Military brutality spurred a mass migration of Rohingya Muslims last year, resulting in thousands of refugees living in makeshift settlements and camps near Cox's Bazar in the southern border region of Bangladesh. Recently, armed military forces have been deployed to the region again - prompting several hundred Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh again.

Widespread flooding as Monsoon season brings torrential rain

Widespread flooding has been reported across Bangladesh as the Monsoon season arrives, bringing bouts of torrential rain. Several major rivers have overflowed as a result of several days of continuous rain - flooding entire communities and thousands of hectares of fields. The Dinajpur, Rangpur, and Sylhet regions have been the worst affected - transport services and road travel has been severely limited in these areas. The wet weather has also affected parts of Nepal and India - according to the BBC, approximately 250 people are thought to have been killed in flood-related incidents across all three countries.

Thirteen killed in Rangpur flooding

At least 13 people have been killed and another person remains unaccounted for following widespread flooding in the Rangpur Division. The flooding was caused by heavy rain in the Dinajpur district over the weekend. The most affected areas are the Birganj, Birol, Kaharol, and Sadar areas. Over 200,000 people have been affected by the flooding and approximately 120,700 hectares of agricultural land has been flooded - damaged thousands of fields of crops.

Torrential rain causes flooding in Sunamganj

A recent bout of torrential rain has caused flooding in Sunamganj after the Surma river overflowed. The heavy rain caused water to flow upstream from the Meghalaya area to Sunamganj, flooding 11 upazilas. The worst hit areas are thought to be Boropara, Jolilpur, Kazir Point, Mollikpur, Poshchim Bazar, Shahebbari ghat, and Shologar. At least 20,000 houses have been flooded and approximately 5,700 hectares of agricultural land has also been damaged.

Fire breaks out in Dhaka airport

A fire has broken out in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport - the main airport serving the capital region, Dhaka. At least 10 firefighting units were dispatched to fight the blaze, which broke out on the second floor of the main airport building. Some passengers may experience travel disruption as flight services are delayed, diverted, or cancelled. According to reports, the cause of the fire remains undetermined as investigations continue. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Four killed in Chittagong landslides

At least four people have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in landslides in Cox's Bazaar, Chittagong Division. The landslides occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning after heavy rain caused unstable land to give way. Two of the casualties occurred when a landslide hit a house in the Chenda area of Ramu. Several other areas were also hit by landslides, including Teknaf and Ukhia.

Five killed in Chittagong landslide

A family of five - including three children - have been killed in a landslide in Chittagong.  The victims were sleeping when the landslide hit their home in Sitakunda Upazila in the early hours of Friday morning. Police and local administrators claim they had warned hundreds of people living near the hills to relocate due to the risk of landslides.

Suspected criminal killed in police shootout

A suspected thief has been killed and another man has been wounded in a shootout with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police forces in Feni, Chittagong. The shootout occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning on the highway between Dhaka and Chittagong. The suspect was allegedly a member of a criminal gang which had been conducting a highway robbery in the Lemua area when the RAB forces were dispatched. The suspects allegedly opened fire on the RAB unit, prompting a gunfight in which one suspect was killed and another was wounded.

Bangladeshi national shot dead by Indian Border Force

A Bangladeshi national has been shot dead and two others have been wounded in an encounter with the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the Doikhawa border in the Rangpur Division. The Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as three cattle traders and were in the Hatibandha Upazila of Rangpur when they were accused of trespassing on Indian territory near the Cooch Behar area of West Bengal. According to reports, the Bangladeshi authorities have challenged the response of the Indian Border Force - claiming it was not necessary to open fire on the three men.

Ten wounded in violent clashes in Lakshimpur

At least 10 people have been wounded after violent clashes broke out in the Lakshmipur district. Local residents in the remote Koratirhat area of the Sadar upazila allegedly started fighting after a dispute broke out between a shop owner and a customer. The violence quickly escalated before the police intervened and dispersed the crowd. In remote regions, small disputes can often become violent quickly, attracting large crowds which tend to get involved in the fighting.

Mob lynches supected criminal in Dhaka

A suspected criminal has been lynched by a mob in Dhaka. Local residents allegedly formed a mob and targeted the suspect in the Mohammapur district, beating him and accusing him of involvement in abductions from the Chan Mia area. The police intervened, retrieving the suspect, who was announced dead upon arrival at the local hospital. No arrests have been made.

Twenty-two killed in lightning storms

Approximately 22 people have been killed in lightning storms throughout the country. Strong storms hit most parts of the country over the weekend, with lightning strikes killing at least 22 people. In recent years, there has been an increase in fatalities caused by lightning strikes and the authorities have linked the recent increase with deforestation - which has removed high-reaching conductors.

Dozens killed in Chittagong landslides

At least 40 people have been killed and dozens more remain missing after landslides have hit several areas in the Chittagong Division. Torrential rain has caused widespread landslides, with the Agapara, Balaghata, and Lemujhiri Para areas being the worst hit. According to the BBC, three army soldiers have been identified among those killed so far. Rescue operations are ongoing; however, they have been hindered by the continuing heavy rain and the death toll is expected to rise.

Suspected militant killed in Dhaka arrest operation

A suspected militant has been shot dead and two police officers have been wounded in an arrest operation in the Dhaka Division. The police forces targeted a suspected militant in the Bhabanipur village of the Savar Upazila, Birulia. The operation allegedly became violent when the suspect resisted arrest, wounding two police officers before he was shot dead.

Anthrax outbreak in Rajshahi Division

At least 25 people have become infected with Anthrax in an outbreak in a village in the Rajshahi Division. The disease is thought to have spread after two infected cows were slaughtered in the Jantihar village in the Faridpur Upazila of the Pabna district. Ten of the infected patients are allegedly in critical condition and one person has died. Local health authorities are currently undertaking measures to prevent the further spread of infection.

Dozens remain missing after Cyclone Mora

Dozens of fishermen reportedly remain missing following Cyclone Mora, which hit the south-eastern Chittagong and Cox's Bazar areas in the Bay of Bengal several days ago. Approximately 81 fishermen are thought to be unaccounted for, prompting a search operation carried out by the Bangladeshi navy to rescue the missing fishermen. 

Two militants killed in Khulna security operations

Two militants have been killed in security operations in the Jhenaidah district of the Khulna Division. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched the operation in the Kotchandpur Upazila area of Jhenaidah. The militants have been identified as members of the Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) and one of the two is believed to have been a PBCP regional commander. Three RAB personnel were also wounded in the firefight and several small arms were confiscated from the militants.

Five killed as cyclone hits south-eastern coast

At least five people have been killed as Cyclone Mora has hit the south-eastern coasts of Bangladesh. The stormy weather has heightened the risk of floods, landslides, and falling trees. All five fatalities are believed to have been caused by falling trees in the Cox's Bazar and Rangamati areas. Hundreds of houses have also been damaged amid the strong winds and heavy rain, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Those in affected areas have been advised to relocate to safer areas where possible, avoiding unnecessary travel.

Dozens arrested in overnight raids, Khulna

Dozens of people have been arrested in overnight police raids in the Khulna Division. The police forces detained at least 40 suspected criminals during the operation, which targeted groups of suspects in properties in the Jhenaidah district. Many of the detainees are believed to be associated with the Jamat-e-Islami militant group and may face charges related to terrorism.

Two militants killed in police operations, Dhaka

Two suspected militants have been killed in police operations in the Dhaka Division. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) units stormed a property in the Goalanda Upazila in the Rajbari district to arrest the suspects; however, a fatal crossfire broke out after the militants opened fire on the RAB personnel. It's suspected that the militants were members of the outlawed East Bengal Communist Party. Various weapons and ammunition were also discovered from the site.

Six killed in police raid, Rajshahi Division

At least six people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a police raid in the Rajshahi Division. The raid targeted a suspected militant hideout in the western Godgari Upazila in Rajshahi. According to the BBC, five suspected militants blew themselves up, killing a firefighter and wounding three policemen in the process. It's believed the militants were members of a Jamiatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) faction group. The JMB is a banned militant group with known links to the Islamic State (IS).

Dozens arrested in raids throughout Satkhira

Dozens of suspected criminals have been arrested in police raids throughout the Satkhira district of the Khulna Division. The arrest operations were launched on Monday evening and came to a close on Wednesday morning having detained a total of 37 suspects - including a local leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The suspects will face a variety of criminal charges, ranging from drug abuse to sabotage.

Dozens arrested in police raids, Khulna

Dozens of people have been arrested in police raids in the Khulna Division. The police forces launched extensive overnight arrest operations in the Satkhira area of Khulna on Wednesday night. It was confirmed on Thursday that 43 suspects were arrested in the raids. Many of the suspects were found to have links to the Jamaat-e-Islami militant group and were involved in narcotics-related activities.

Four killed in storms, Rajshahi Division

At least four people have been killed amid bad weather as storms have hit the Rajshahi Division in Bangladesh. Strong winds and heavy rainfall berated the region over the weekend, destroying hundreds of residential properties. Four people have been confirmed dead while another three remain unaccounted for. Some areas also experienced power cuts. The risk of flooding has been raised in low-lying areas where rivers may overflow downstream following the high levels of rainfall.


Australian High Commission receives bomb threat for extortion, Dhaka

The Australian High Commission in Dhaka has received a bomb threat should they fail to give in to extortion demands. An email was sent to the commission, issuing a bomb threat amid demands for 500,000 Taka (almost $6,000) to be sent to a bank account. The police used the bank account details to identify a businessman - who has been arrested on suspicion of extortion.

Heavy rain causes floods in Chittagong

Heavy rain has caused floods to hit various parts of the Chittagong area. The Agrabad, Chakbazar, Halishohor, Muradpur and Sholosohor areas of Chittagong city have been affected by the floods the most - causing significant traffic delays and general disruption. The flooding has caused some minor damage to houses; however, no casualties have been reported so far.

Two killed and 12 wounded in clashes, Comilla

Two people have been killed and 12 others have been wounded in clashes between social groups in the village of Rahimpur in the Muradnagar area of Comilla. The factional fighting broke out over disputes regarding which group should be the more dominant in the village. Violent fighting between gangs and social groups often occurs throughout Bangladesh.

Nineteen wounded as activists clash with police, Chittagong

At least 19 people have been wounded after activists clashed with the police during a demonstration in Chittagong on Tuesday. Four policemen and 15 activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League were wounded after violence broke out during the protest - in which nine vehicles were vandalised by protesters, prompting the police to intervene. It is likely that the activist group may organise further protests in the area.

Two killed in gang shootout, Jessore

Two people have been killed in a gang shootout in the Jessore district. The crossfire broke out due to a dispute between two suspected criminal gangs in the Nimtola Bazar area of Chaugachha. The remaining gang members fled the scene upon the arrival of the police - who state that various firearms and bullets were recovered from the location of the shootout. Violent crime and gang activity is a growing problem in the area.

One killed, dozens wounded in gang fights, Chittagong

At least one person has been killed and at least 25 others have been wounded in gang fights in Chittagong. A violent clash broke out between rival gangs in the Brahmanbaria area of Chittagong on Monday - police believe the fighting broke out due to a previous disagreement between the gangs. Violent gang activity often occurs in Chittagong.

Thousands gather for anti-extremism protest, Dhaka

Over 100,000 people have gathered in Dhaka for an anti-extremism protest. The protest took place on Thursday and saw thousands of clerics and preachers gather to protest against a recent rise in Islamic extremism and terror attacks. Although the mass rally remained peaceful, main roads surrounding the location of the rally were closed temporarily and traffic diversions were implemented. Travellers should be aware of the high tensions and the continued possibility of further demonstrations.

Sylhet rail links suspended due to bad weather

Bad weather has brought about the suspension of connecting rail services between the Sylhet Division and the rest of Bangladesh. Severe weather has caused part of a rail bridge in the Shaistaganj area to snap - rendering the bridge unusable. No train services will be running from Sylhet in the Noakhali direction until repair works on the bridge are complete. 

Four terror suspects detained in Dhaka

Four terror suspects have been arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka. The suspects were detained in the Dohar area of Dhaka on Tuesday evening in security operations and are suspected to be active members of a new terrorist faction group associated with the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist network. 

Six killed in twin bombings, Sylhet

At least six people have been killed in twin bombings carried out by militants in Sylhet. The security forces were performing a raid on an apartment building in Sylhet when the militants detonated two explosives. The first blast was detonated by two militants on a motorcycle and struck a large crowd as security forces were exchanging gunfire with the militants. The second explosive device was planted in a bag of vegetables nearby. Two police officers and four civilians were killed in the explosions. According to the BBC, the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for one of the blasts.

Suicide bomber targets security forces in Dhaka

A suicide bomber has detonated explosives in an attempt to target the security forces on Airport Road in the Uttara area of Dhaka. According to preliminary reports, the suspect - who remains unidentified - blew himself up outside a police box which was being guarded by Rapid Action Battalion police officers nearby. No security personnel were injured in the explosion. Police investigations are underway.

Two wounded in suicide bombing, Dhaka

Two people have been wounded in a suicide bombing in the Rapid Action Battalion compound in Dhaka. The suicide bomber was also killed after a bodily-borne improvised explosive device (BBIED) was detonated in an attempt to target Bangladeshi security forces. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.

Five killed in landslides, Chittagong

At least five people have been killed and two others have been wounded in landslides in the Chittagong Division. The first landslide occurred on Rangamati hill, killing three people and wounded one other. Digging work on the hill is thought to have been the cause of the landslide. The second incident occurred in the Comilla area of Chittagong - where a landslide was triggered by workers constructing a wall near the Tipre Bazar. Two workers were killed and another was wounded. Construction work in Bangladesh often suffers from poor implementation of health and safety regulations.

Three militants killed in suicide explosions, Chittagong

Three militants have been killed in suicide blasts during a property raid in the Chittagong area. Special units of the Bangladeshi police force had been performing a raid on a militant hideout in the Chittagong city when they encountered the militants and ordered them to surrender. Instead of handing themselves over, the militants allegedly detonated explosives after a brief gunfight.

Sufi Muslim leader and daughter murdered, Rangpur

A Sufi Muslim leader and his daughter have been murdered in the Dinajpur district of the Rangpur Division. Farhad Hossain Chowdhury and his daughter, Rupali Begum, were killed on Monday, in a Sufi shrine which Chowdhury ran. Police reports stated that the victims were shot and stabbed to death. Many militant groups operate within the Sunni Muslim-majority country and many militants regard the practice of Sufism as anti-Islamic due to its differing interpretation of Sharia law. It's also possible Chowdhury was targeted in a personal dispute; however, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack and investigations remain ongoing.

Fifty wounded as police clash with protesters, Dhaka

At least 50 people have been wounded as the police forces clashed with protesters in Dhaka. The demonstration had been organised to protest the rise of oil prices. A leader of the Communist Party of Bangladesh told Reuters that the demonstration had been peaceful until the police engaged with protesters - using teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Several policemen were allegedly among those wounded.

One killed in gambling feud, Sylhet

One person has been killed in a fight which arose from a gambling feud in the Sylhet Division. The fight broke out in the Ajmiriganj village of the Habiganj district when a group of miscreants attacked the victim. The victim was stabbed multiple times and died from the wounds in hospital. The police have detained two in connection to the murder.

Suspected IS militant killed in police shootout, Sherpur

A suspected Islamic State (IS) terrorist has been killed in a shootout with the police in the Sherpur area. The suspect had been detained by police forces and had been transported to Sherpur when a group of armed extremists intercepted the police van, leading to a gunfight in which the suspect was shot dead as he tried to escape. Police officials have suggested the gunmen were IS militants attempting to free their accomplice; however, the general public has expressed doubts in regards to such incidents - which some have criticised as covered up extrajudicial killings.

Two killed in gunfights in Chittagong

Two people have been killed in two gunfights with the police in the Brahmanbaria area of the Chittagong Division. Police have confirmed that those killed were suspected criminals who allegedly opened fire on police forces during raid operations. The police forces confiscated two kilograms of hemp, a pipe gun, two machetes, and ammunition. Shootings often occur between police and criminals in Chittagong.

One killed and eight arrested in transport strikes

One person has been killed and eight others have been arrested in Gabtoli amid nationwide transport strikes. The police forces clashed with the protesting workers after they went on a rampage through Gabtoli and attacked the vehicle of a high-ranking army official. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the Dhaka Tribune that calming measures were taken against the violence, and ultimately blank shots were fired into the crowds. The transport strikes commenced on Tuesday morning and have come to a close after two days of strike action. 

Militant killed in police shooting, Khulna

A suspected militant has been killed in a police shooting in the Khulna Division. The militant was shot dead when police forces responded to an attempted robbery in Khulna. The foiled robbery attempt led to a shootout in which the suspect was killed. Police forces also confiscated several weapons, narcotics and ammunition from the scene.

Mudslides kills two in Sylhet

Two people have been killed in a mudslide in the Jaflong stone quarry in the Sylhet Division. The deceased have been identified as two workers of the quarry - who allegedly died on the spot after a large section of mud fell on top of them as they were digging for stones in the quarry. Six other workers and the owner of the quarry have been detained by the police for questioning, as the police start investigations into whether the accident was caused by a lapse in safety standards, or by wet weather conditions, or a combination of both factors.

Indefinite bus strike starts in Barguna

An indefinite bus strike has been started in Barguna, as the District Bus Owners and Workers Samannay Parishad organisations protest against rented motorcycles, human hauliers and other illegal vehicles. Town bus services will remain halted until the government reaches an agreement with striking bus drivers - who are demanding a ban on the controversial vehicles. Travellers should anticipate extensive traffic disruption.

Gang leader killed in police raid, Rajshahi

A suspected gang leader has been shot dead in a recent police raid in the Rajshahi Division. The police were performing a raid in the Chalarchor area of the Pabna in Rajshahi, when the suspect opened fire on the police forces and attempted to resist arrest. The police allegedly returned fire, killing the suspect in the subsequent gunfight.The suspect has been identified as Nizam Nistar - believed to be the leader of the local gang known as Nistar Bahini. Several firearms, machetes and rounds of ammunition were seized from the property.

Suspected militant killed in police shootout, Rajshahi

A suspected militant has been shot dead in a shootout with the police forces in the Kahalu Upazila of the Rajshahi Division. The incident occurred after police forces responded to information of a militant presence in the area. The suspected militant opened fire on the police forces during a property raid - leading to a fatal exchange of fire.

Two killed, two wounded in police clash, Bogra

Two criminals have been killed and two policemen have been wounded in a clash with a group of robbers in the Bogra district. Police officers responded to a tip off that robbers were operating in the Kahaloo upazila and raided a property in the Pachpir area when the criminals opened fire on the policemen. The police forces retaliated with gunfire - killing two of the criminals, while the rest of the group managed to flee the scene.

Former union member killed in Jamalpur

A former Kulkandi Union Parishad council member has been killed in a shooting incident in the Islampur upazila of Jamalpur. The body of Somed Ali was discovered in the Baburchar village of Islampur with several gunshot wounds. Police investigations are underway, with the leading theory being that Ali was shot by miscreants in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The motive behind the murder remains unclear.

Gang leader killed in clashes with military forces, Khulna

The leader of a pirate gang has been killed in clashes with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) elite unit of the military in the Khulna Division. The RAB unit had been conducting a drive in the Mrigamari area of the Mongla upazila of the Khulna Division, when the gang opened fire on the RAB team. RAB personnel retaliated with gunfire - leading to a deadly shootout before the gang fled the area. Two RAB force members were also wounded in the exchange of fire. 

Bangladeshi fisherman shot dead by Myanmar border force

A Bangladeshi fisherman has been shot dead and another has been wounded by Myanmar border force security guards. The guards opened fire on the fishermen along the Naf river at the Teknaf border of Cox's Bazar. A team of Myanmar's Border Guard Police approached the fishermen on a speedboat and claimed that they opened fire because the fishermen had violated the border and ignored the patrol teams signals to retreat.

Journalist killed in gunfight, Rajshahi Division

A journalist has been killed amid a gunfight in the Rajshahi Division. A clash broke out between members of the Awami League in the Shahjadpur area of the division, and the journalist got caught up in the gunfight whilst reporting on the incident. The journalist was seriously injured and died from the gunshot wounds.

One killed, six wounded in anti-Rampal protest, Khulna Division

One person has been killed and six others have been wounded in anti-Rampal protests in the Khulna Division. The demonstrators were protesting against the construction of a power plant in the Rampal area of the Khulna Division - which they claim will have negative environmental effects on the nearby Sundarbans area: an official UNESCO worldwide heritage site. Violence broke out when a counter-demonstration challenged the anti-Rampal protest.

Four suspected militants arrested in Dhaka

Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested four suspected militants during counter-terror raids in the capital, Dhaka.  Officers stormed a building in the Jatrabarhi district in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The four men are suspected members of a faction of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group, which police have linked to the Dhaka cafe attack in July, 2016.

Two policemen wounded in acid attack, Dhaka

Two policeman have been wounded in an acid attack on a security checkpost in the Dhaka. Three miscreants on a motorcycle approached the security checkpost in the Babubazar area of old Dhaka - ignoring police orders to stop - and attacked the police forces with an 'acid-like substance' which has left two policemen with severe burns. One suspect has been detained after he was wounded by police shooting, while the other two suspects managed to flee the scene.

Three wounded in knife attack, Sylhet

Three Banglaesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists have been wounded in a knife attack in the Sylhet Division. The incident occurred in the Tilagar area on Monday night, when a group of masked assailants attacked two BCL activists and a former leader of the BCL. The attackers allegedly stabbed the three men indiscriminately, inflicting serious wounds before fleeing the scene. The three victims were taken to hospital with critical wounds. Police investigations are underway to identify the masked assailants - police officers currently believe the attack was planned by a gang of miscreants.

Further protests against power plant to take place, Dhaka

Environmental activists have announced that further protests against the construction of Rampal power station have been scheduled to take place in Dhaka on Saturday 25 February. Anti-Rampal activists recently protested against the construction site due to its proximity to the Sundarbans - a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Protesters claim that the power station will have negative effects on the site, which reserves the right to be preserved. The Anti-Rampal campaign has largely been organised by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources and Power. Those in the area should expect high tensions to continue and have been advised to avoid large demonstrations which could quickly become violent.

Protests cause disruption in central Dhaka

Protests have caused disruption in central Dhaka, leading to the force3d dispersal of protesters by the police. The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port organised the protest outside Dhaka University's central mosque, to protest against the construction of the coal-based power plant in the Khulna Division - which environmentalists claim represents a threat to the Sundarbans. The Sundarbans is a registered World Heritage Site which is situated near the proposed coal-mine in the Khulna Division. The protest had been going on for 12 hours when the police arrived to disperse protesters with teargas. No casualties have been reported. Those in the area should be aware of the potential for future protests.

Criminal gang leader killed in police operations, Khulna

A criminal gang leader has been killed in the Sadar upazila of the Kushtia district in Khulna province. Amirul Islam Amir was allegedly the second-in-command of the criminal bandit group called 'Shiraj Bahini'. Amir was killed by police in a gunfight after officers responded to reports of bandits ambushing vehicles near Alampur along the Kushtia-Jhenaidah road. The bandits had chopped down a tree in order to force vehicles to stop - at which point the group would ambush the vehicle and rob it. 

Factory workers protest in Dhaka Division

Factory workers have protested in the Keril district of the Dhaka Division over the non-payment of wages during annual leave. The garment factory has been accused of neglecting to pay workers entitled leave pay, and workers have claimed that any requests have simple been ignored by facotry management. The protest has remained peaceful and workers have been dispersed by the police. Those in the area should expect high tensions to continue, with the high possibility of further protests until the matter is resolved.

Four terror suspects killed in counter-terror operations, Sheikhupura

Four terror suspects have been killed in counter-terror operations carried out by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Bangladeshi police forces. CTD officers conducted a raid on a property near the Sheikhupura bypass, when the militants allegedly resisted arrest - leading to a crossfire in which four of the seven militants were shot dead, while three others managed to escape. A large cache of weapons and explosives was recovered from the scene.

One killed, five wounded in gunfight, Syhlet

One person has been killed and five people have been wounded in a gunfight which broke out in the Sunamganj district of the Syhlet Division. The clash started after two rival groups disputed the ownership of a territory in the Kulanja village of the Derai upazila in Sunamganj. The rival groups were allegedly disputing which group was entitled to a body of water used for fishing, when the gunfight broke out. All wounded parties have been transferred to hospital for treatment.

Five terror suspects arrested in Khulna Division

Five terror suspects have been arrested in anti-terror operations performed by the Bangladeshi police in the Jessore area of the Khulna Division. Four terror suspects were arrested during a raid in the Sadar upazila if Khulna. The four suspects were believed to be militant of the Jamaat-e-Islami militant group. Eight crude bombs were also seized during the raid in Sadar - leading security personnel to believe the militants had intentions to carry out a terror attack. Another terror suspect was detained during a raid operation in the Sharsha upazila of Khulna. The suspect was armed with a firearm and ammunition, however it has not been confirmed whether or not the individual is part of the same militant group.

School teachers protest in Dhaka

School teachers have been protesting in the Dhaka Division against the nationalisation of the education system. Approximately 2,000 schools have had to close due to the widespread absence of teachers. The Jamalpur, Kishoreganj, Mymensigh, Netrokona, Sherpur and Tangail districts are estimated to have been the worst hit areas by the strike. The protest reportedly has begun today at the Krishnochurha Chattar railways station in the town of Mymensingh - where travellers should be aware of potential traffic disruption. As the protest continues, further areas of the Dhaka Division are expected to be affected.

One killed in shootout with anti-terror police, Pabna

One person has been killed in a shootout with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) of Bangladesh's anti-terror police unit in the Holudghar village of Pabna. RAB forces were allegedly performing a raid in the area when a group of criminals opened fire on them, prompting a shootout. One assailant was killed in the crossfire - police suspect the criminal to be a terror suspect. Investigations into the incident are ongoing. A store of weapons and ammunition was discovered during the raids.

Jamaat-e-Islami leader arrested in police operations, Chapainawabganj

A Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader has been arrested in police operations carried out by Bangladeshi police forces in the Chapainawabganj district. Police forces carried out a raid on the leader's property in the Chowdala area of Gomostapur upazila after receiving intelligence that a Jamaat-e-Islami meeting was being held there. Police have identified the suspect as Mohammad Saidur Rahman - also the president of Chapainawabganj Motor Sramik Union. Five explosive cocktails were also recovered from the property during the raid. 

Terror suspect killed in rival clashes, Barisal

A terror suspect has been killed in a gunfight between rival terrorist factions in the Sadar upazila are of the Barisal division. The incident occurred as two rival groups allegedly clashed in the Jagahati area of Sadar. Police responded to the incident, however the two groups allegedly dispersed upon the arrival of the police forces. No arrests have been made. The victim had been wanted in connection to eight cases, including robberies.

Dozens arrested at India-Bangladesh border

At least 85 Bangladeshi nationals have been detained at the India-Bangladesh border on charges of illegal crossing. It is believed the detainees had been working illegally in India and were largely organised by human traffickers. Approximately 36 men, 24 women and 26 children were detained at two points along the border as the Border Guard Bangladesh stationed themselves at Benapole and Doulatpur in anticipation of the groups returning from work in India. It has been reported that the human traffickers managed to evade arrest.

One militant killed, two wounded in police operations, Gazipur

One suspected militant has been killed and another has been arrested during police operations carried out in the Noljani area of Gazipur, in the Dhaka division. The incident occurred as police undertook a raid of the Shegunbagan area of Noljani in an attempt to arrest Badu Monir - charged with murder, sabotage and illegal possession of weapons in connection to at least 15 cases. Monir and his accmplices reportedly opened fire on the polices forces, prompting a shootout in which Monir was fatally wounded and two police officers were also wounded. 

Annual Bishwa Ijtema gathering to take place, Dhaka

The annual Bishwa Ijtema gathering is due to take place on the banks of the Turag River in the Tongi area of Dhaka. The gatherings will occur over two weekends: from Friday 13 January - Sunday 15 January, and from Friday 20 January - Sunday 22 January. Between three to four million Muslim's are expected to attend over both weekends. Travellers have been advised to expect major travel disruptions and to avoid all main roads around the airport, Gazipur Chourasta, Kunil, Mohakhali, Kakoli, Nikunja, Progoti Sharani, Khilkhet, Uttara and Tongi areas. Dhaka International Airport has warned passengers that passenger volume will increase throughout the period, and that delays should be anticipated.

Chhatra League leader wounded in political attack, Dhaka

A local Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader, Satya Das Saikat, has been wounded in an attack near the Eidgah ground in the Nagra area of the Netrokona district in the northern Mymensingh division. Saikat, the BCL's vice-president for the district, had claimed that the attack was organised by his political opponents. Police have been investigating these claims, and have confirmed that the evidence they have collected so far supports Saikat's claims. Police have now commenced an ongoing man hunt for those suspected to be involved in the attack.

Ten wounded in clash with Rohingya refugees, Chittagong

At least 10 Bangladeshi foresters have been wounded in a clash with a group of Rohingya refugees from the Rakhine State in Myanmar. The foresters were allegedly attacked by the refugee group in the Chittagong division, after they demolished illegal shelters the Rohingya had been living in. Bangladesh has never officially opened its border to the Rohingya refugees amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State. Myanmar's government has agreed to send an official to discuss the issue with a Bangladeshi government representative, however the government of Myanmar has previously denied all allegations of ethnic cleansing made by the UN, and refuses to grant humanitarian or journalistic access to the region.

Dozens wounded in border force clashes, Moulvi Bazar

At least 26 people have been wounded in clashes between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) security personnel and residents of Sreemangal town in the Moulvi Bazar district. The clashes were started after a BGB official fell out with a local businessman in a restaurant. Approximately 100 armed BGB security personnel then carried out coordinated attacks on roadside businesses and vehicle along Vanugach road, College road, Habiganj road, Moulvibazar road and Station road. The BGB troops then opened fire indiscriminately on residents after businessmen retaliated. Six people suffered from gunshot wounds, while 20 other were wounded in the surrounding fracas. The police and Bangladeshi armed forces restored order following the incident.

Two terror suspects killed in counter-terrorism operation, Dhaka

Two terror suspects have been killed in a counter-terrorism operation carried out by special operations police forces in the Rayer Bazar area of Dhaka. Police raided the hideout of two terror suspects thought to be behind the cafe terror attack in Dhaka last year, which killed 20 hostages in what has been described as Bangladesh's worst terror attack ever. The suspects were killed after a shootout was started whilst police were carrying out a raid on the property. One suspect has been identified as Nurul Islam Marzan - the suspected mastermind behind the cafe terror attack.

Dozens wounded in political party clashes, Barisal

At least 50 people have been wounded in clashes between the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and Awami League supporters in Barisal. The incident occurred when BNP members were preparing to march down Sadar Road in central Barisal. BNP members have claimed that supporters of the Awami League brutally attacked the BNP group, however this claim has been denounced by Awami League supporters who claim the clash was staged by the BNP.

Earthquake detected near India-Bangladesh border, Tripura

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has been detected in the Tripura area near the India-Bangladesh border. The earthquake occurred at approximately 09:09 UTC at a depth of 36 kilometers. Five people have been injured and one woman has reportedly died from a heart attack brought on by the earthquake. The earthquake was mostly felt in Bangladesh and India, with some tremors also detected in northern Myanmar and Bhutan. This is the highest magnitude Tripura has ever experienced, prompting concerns that the area may be a subsonic zone - the first to be found completely under land. 

Gang leader killed, two wounded in police gunfight, Mithapukur

One person has been killed and two police officers have been wounded in a gunfight in the Mithapukur upazila area of the Rangpur district in north-western Bangladesh. Mithapukur Thana police officers had arrested gang leader, Rahat, in the village of Buzruk Santoshpur. Officers were then ambushed by members of the same gang around the Bheluar bridge area - where the gunfight broke out, killing Rahat and wounding two police officers. Organised crime or 'dacoits' are a large problem for many areas across Bangladesh, and police personnel frequently perform operations against dacoits which often become violent.

Member of Parliament killed in shooting, Rangpur

Member of Parliament for the Gaibandha district, Manjurul Islam Liton, has been killed in a shooting at his home in the Shahbaj area of the upazila of Sundarganj of Gaibandha in the Rangpur division. Three unidentified assailants allegedly drove up to the residence on a motorcycle and opened fire on Liton inside his house. A manhunt has been launched for five suspects in connection with the murder.

Transport strikes in Gaibandha

Public transport workers and owners of public transportation have begun an indefinite strike in the Gaibandha district of the Gandpur Division. The strike has followed after local groups in the chamber of commerce failed to reach an agreement over a discrepancy. Travelelrs should expect severe travel disruption as transport services provided by rickshaws, buses, tuk tuks and other light vehicle taxis will be severely decreased, if available at all.

Garment factory workers on strike, Dhaka

Approximately 20,000 garment factory workers will strike on 19 December in the Ashulia area of the Dhaka division. The strikers are demanding salary increases on the basis that transportation costs make current wages insufficient to live on. Travellers in the area should expect some travel disuption and should avoid large demonstrations where tensions may be high.

Two wounded in Chittagong shooting

Two people have been wounded in a shootout between criminals and police in Chittagong.  The incident happened on Thursday morning after a vehicle refused to stop at a police checkpoint, leading to a chase through the town of Mohara.  The two suspects have not yet been identified.

Chinese national killed in Bangladesh

A Chinese national has been killed in the Jessore district of Bangladesh.  Cheng Hesong, 45, was found dead at his residence on Thursday morning.  "Most likely he was beaten first and then strangulated to death for stealing his money," said police officer Elius Hossaid. 

Poor visibility causes four ships to sink, Bay of Bengal

Dense fog causing poor visibility has caused four ships to sink in the Bay of Bengal - just outside of anchorage near Chittagong. At least one of the ships had been en route to Dhaka when it sank. The ships were carrying a rang of goods, including cement, sugar and maize. Whilst no casualties have been reported, two crewman are thought to be missing as officials cannot confirm their locations. 

Two killed in rival groups gunfight, Baghaichhari

Two people have been killed in a gunfight between two rival groups in the Hanhachhara area of Baghaichhari Upazila near Chittagong. The reformist Jana Sanghati Samiti group lost two of its members, Nayan Chakma and Juddho Chandra Chakma, as the reformists engaged in a gunfight with members of the United Peoples' Democratic Front in the early hours of the morning. Army and police forces responded to the incident and investigations are underway, however, the cause of the confrontation remains unknown. Travellers in the southern regions around Chittagong have been advised to be cautious of group violence and high political tensions.

Indefinite public transport strike, Gaibandha

Public transport workers have gone on strike today amidst disputes between two groups within the Chamber of Commerce. The Motor Owners' Association and the Shop Owners' Association will strike indefinitely until an agreement is reached. In the meantime, travellers in the area should expect severe travel disruption and should assume that no public transport will be operating until the strike is over.

One killed, four wounded in shoot out, Bheramara Upazila

One suspected gang member has been killed, and four others have been wounded in a shoot out with Bangladeshi polices forces. The clash occurred in the Baromile area of Bheramara Upazila, as police forces responded to reports of organised gang-crime in the area. The criminals opened fire on the police forces when the police stopped the gang's bus to conduct a search. The four wounded criminals have been detained and a small cache of weapons has also been seized. Travellers have been advised to be vigilant in the area as other gang members may sustain illegal operations in the area.

Four suspected robbers killed in police operations, Dhaka

Four suspected robbers have been killed in police anti-crime operations in Dhaka. Twp suspects were killed in a gunfight with police officers in the Keraniganj area of Dhaka, while two others were killed in a gang fight after police officers responded to a tip that gang members were planning a robbery in the area. Other gang members managed to escape from the scene. Travellers and local residents have been advised to be vigilant of dangerous gang members.

Boat fleeing Myanmar sinks in Bangladesh, dozens missing

A boat being chased by Myanmar's army has been sunk in the Naf River of Bangladesh. The boast was overloaded with Rohingya Muslims fleeing military abuse and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State. Reports have claimed that up to 31 Rohingya had been on the boat, which was being chased by a Myanmar army speedboat when it sank. Reports have surfaced of bodies with gunshot wounds being washed up on nearby river banks, however this has not been officially confirmed. The UN has condemned Myanmar for its treatment of the Rohingya Muslims and has urged the country to open the region to humanitarian aid. 

Protesters demand end to violence in the Rakhine State, Dhaka

Protesters have formed a human-chain in the town of Shaheed Hassan Chattar, to protest against the violent ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Bangladesh has refused to open its border to the humanitarian crisis, despite multiple demands to do so from the UN. The violence in the Rakhine State is estimated to worsen as Myanmar continues to refuse humanitarian access to the area. Travellers may experience some traffic delays in the area until the protesters disperse.

Thousands protest Myanmar's 'ethnic cleansing'

Thousands of Muslims have protested outside Myanmar's embassies in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Demonstartors are protesting the plight of the Rohingya Muslims fleeing the Rakhine State in Myanmar, and the abusive 'ethnic cleansing' employed by Myanmar's army. Around 5,000 protested in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after Friday prayers, with thousands more protesting outside Myanmar's embassies in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand). The UN recently accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing and has condemned its actions. Myanmar denied the allegations and continues to refuse humanitarian access to the region. Most protests have been peaceful so far.

Bangladesh urges Myanmar government to intervene military abuse of Rohingya Muslims

The Bangladeshi government has urged Myanmar's government to intervene the abuse of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar's Army. The UN estimated that 30,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Rakhine State and urged Bangladesh to open its borders to the refugees. Although Bangladesh has refused to open its borders, thousands of Rohingya have illegally crossed the border - putting strain on Bangladeshi border forces. The humanitarian crisis has only worsened as Myanmar maintains refusal to intervene or allow aide access to the region.

Five militants arrested in Dhaka

Five militants have been arrested by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) in Dhaka. CTTC officials confirmed the five detainees admitted they were members of the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group during questioning. The five men committed robberies to raise funds for the militant group, using terror tactics as distractions so the robbers could escape. The detainees are due to be charged with robbery and terror crimes against the state. 

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims illegally cross Bangladesh border

Approximately 500 Rohingya Muslims fled from the military abuse and unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine State and successfully crossed the Bangladesh - Myanmar border illegally. The groups of refugees were reported to have been flocking to the UN-supported Kutupalang Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Coast guards repel 125 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar violence

Bangladeshi coast guards prevented 125 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar from entering Bangadeshi waters. The coast guard confirmed that three boats of would-be refugees, including 61 women and 36 children, attempted to flee the violence in Rakhine State by escaping to Bangladesh. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement earlier today urging Myanmar to protect the civilians being displaced in the Rakhine State. The UNHCR also urged Bangladesh to open its southern borders with Myanmar to allow free access to the Rohingya groups fleeing the military abuse in Myanmar.

Two-hundred Rohingya Muslims stranded at Bangladesh border

Approximately 200 people from the effectively stateless Rohingya Muslim groups residing in the Rakhine State of Myanmar were reported to be stranded at the Bangladeshi border. Hundreds fled from clashes with Myanmar's Army only to be refused entry to Bangladesh. The Rohingya Muslims have been treated as immigrants from Bangladesh and were refused citizenship in Mayanmar, however Bangladesh refused to register the group as refugees. This comes after news last week of Myanmar's Army ransacking the Rohingya settlements and the government's refusal to grant humanitarian access to the area.

One killed in Dhaka airport stabbing

One security personnel was killed, while three others were wounded in a knife attack in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. The incident took place by Gate four on the second floor of the departure terminal. The assailant was disguised as a cleaner when they attacked the victims - the attacker has been arrested was thought to be a mentally ill drug addict. Dhaka Armed Police Battalion has increased security presence at the airport as a precaution.

Cyclone to hit India and Bangladesh

Cyclonic storm to hit north-eastern Indian coastal states, including Bengal, Odish and Andhra Pradesh, then will hit Bangladesh south-western coast. The storm is predicted to hit the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh in the next two to three days with heavy rainfall. Head of the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, M. Mohaptra, stated that the coming storm was in it's preliminary stage of 'depression', which will deepen as it curves around to hitting the north-eastern coast of India, and then intensify into a cyclonic storm as it hits Bangladesh. Fisherman have been advised to expect very rough sea and proceed with caution. This will be the second cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal in 10 days.

Rights groups warn of rise in 'forced disappearances'

Human rights group, Ain-o-Salish Kendra, have counted at least 70 victims of enforced disappearances so far in 2016, which has risen from 55 in 2015. Vulnerable individuals are taken, declared missing and then 'found' by law enforcement and returned to families for payment of large sums of money. Rights groups allege that the state supports corrupt involvement in these disappearances.

Hindu temples attacked in Bangladesh

At least 10 Hindu temples and dozens of houses of Hindu families have been attacked in eastern Bangladesh.  Mobs carried out the attacks in the town of Nasirnagar over an alleged social media post which mocked the Muslim holy site of Mecca. District police chief Mizanur Rahman said two Islamist groups were demonstrating and calling for the arrest and execution of the alleged blasphemers.  "They vandalized 200 Hindu houses and set eight shops on fire. At least 150 men were injured as they tried to resist the attack," Somesh Roy, a community elder, told AFP.

Two gunmen killed by police in Pabna

Two people suspected of murder have been killed in a shootout with police officers in Pabna.  Moyon Uddin, 25 and Biplab Bepari, 28 had been accused of murdering Shahjahan Master, and police said both were regional leaders of the extreme left-wing Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP). "The miscreants began firing after sensing RAB's presence. The RAB fired back. Two bodies were found after the elite force personnel searched the area,” said Ataikula police OC Abdur Razzak.

Security forces kill 11 Islamists in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi security forces say they have killed 11 suspected Islamists in the capital, Dhaka and the central district of Tangail.  Three hideouts were raided following a tip-off, while the militants are all suspected of being members of the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.  They are suspected of involvement in the café attack in Dhaka in July that left 22 people dead.

Eighteen killed when passenger vessel sinks in Banaripara, Barisal district

On 21 September, 18 people died when a passenger vessel capsized and sank in the Sandhya River in Banaripara, Barisal district. Six people are still missing. The vessel was reportedly not registered as a passenger-carrying vessel and had no valid route permit. 

Security forces arrest six militants in Dhaka

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested six people suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.  Five members of the banned Jama'atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) and another from the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) were arrested in a series of raids across the city.  The RAB said they also recovered a large cache of explosives, including IEDs, detonators, grenades along with knives and pistols.

Four Hizb ut-Tahrir militants arrested in Chittagong

Four members of the Jihadist group Hizb ut-Tahrir have been arrested by the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in the east of the country. The four militants were arrested in separate raids led by the CMP in the Bakalia and Panchlaish districts, where authorities also seized a large amount of propaganda material. Hizb ut-Tahrir is a worldwide radical Jihadist group, whose main objectives is the establishment of an Islamic caliphate enforced by the Sharia law.

Police kill nine suspected militants in Dhaka

Police in Bangladesh have killed nine suspected militants and wounded one other during a raid in the capital, Dhaka.  Police stormed a rented block of flats in the Kallyanpur area when assailants threw Molotov cocktails at them.  "We are now searching the property, and a bomb squad is present," said Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Masud Ahmed.  National police chief A.K.M Shohidul Haque told reporters they suspected all 10 were members of the extremist group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which were linked to the deadly café siege in Dhaka on 1 July.

ICS militants killed in Jhenidah

Two suspected members of the Islami Chattra Shibir (ICS) have been killed in Bangladesh's western Jhenidah district. One of the suspects was killed during armed clashes near the Aruakandi graveyard at around 03:00 on Tuesday. Police sources told The Daily Star newspaper that the group targeted a police team with explosives, which triggered a retaliation from the authorities. In Jessore, a suspected criminal was killed in gunfight in Barandipara at Jessore town.

Special tribunal sentences three to death for 1971 war crimes

A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced three militia members to death for war crimes during the 1971 war of independence with India and Pakistan.  The accused were members of the Al Badr militia which colluded with the Pakistani army to carry out killings in Bangladesh's Jamalpur district.  Around three million people are thought to have been killed by Pakistani troops and allied militias during the conflict, while 10 million more were forced to flee the country.

ABT duo jailed in Chittagong

Police officers have arrested two alleged members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Chittagong, south-eastern Bangladesh. The two 22-year-olds confessed to being part of the militant group after being interrogated by the authorities. In 2013, the ABT pledged allegiance to the al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) branch. Authorities also suspect their links with the Islami Chattra Shibir, the militant youth wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

Two ICS militants jailed in Chittagong

Two members of the youth wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JEL) party have been imprisoned due to links to subversive activities. The young militants of the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) were arrested in possession of a homemade gun and two cartridges in the Demsha area of Chittagong district. The JEL is the largest Islamic party in Bangladesh; however ICS has been responsible for a series of recent attacks targeting police officers, minorities and non-Muslim citizens.

Two JMB members arrested in Dhaka

A Bangladeshi anti-crime force has arrested two alleged members of the Jama'at-ul Mujadidden Bangladesh (JMB) militant group. The two youngsters were arrested at a police checkpoint in the Uttara area of the capital, Dhaka, and were in possession of nine improvised explosive devices (IED) and a pistol. JMB is a banned Islamic organization which aims to create an Islamic State based on Sharia law in Bangladesh.

Three killed in blast at Eid prayers in Kishoreganj

Three people have been killed and nearly 12 others wounded by armed militants in Kishoreganj district, northern Bangladesh. Suspected Islamists targeted the country's largest Eid prayers, which marks the end of the holy Muslim month. Around 200,000 people were attending the event when at least one device went off, killing two police officers and a civilian. A gunman was also killed during an exchange of fire between militants and the security forces. Bangladesh's Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the target of the attack was a police convoy patrolling the area.

Twenty hostages killed in Dhaka cafe siege

Bangladesh's army said 18 foreign hostages and two Bangladeshis have been killed, along with at least six militants, at a café in Dhaka.  The announcement came after a 12-hour siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery café ended on Saturday.  "Most [of] them had been brutally hacked to death with sharp weapons," said army spokesman Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury.  The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, although the country's home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the assailants were members of Jamaeytul Mujahdeen Bangladesh (JMB).  Two Bangladeshi police officers also died and around 30 others were wounded during clashes with the militants.

Hostage siege at Dhaka restaurant

Gunmen have attacked a café in the diplomatic area of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.  Police are battling with the assailants at the Holey Artisan Bakery café and at least three people, including two police officers, have been wounded.  Local media are also reporting that around 20 people have been taken hostage, while the police and security forces have cordoned off the area.  The identity of the gunmen has not yet been confirmed, although an eyewitness told the Jamuna Television network that they chanted "Allahu Akbar", suggesting that they may be Islamist militants.

Hindu priest hacked to death in Jhenaidah

A Hindu priest has been hacked to death in Jhenaidah, south-western Bangladesh. Police reports state that Shayamanonda Das was preparing for morning prayers at a temple when he was attacked by three men with machetes. The motives of the attack are still under investigation; however the nature of the murder is similar to other targeted killings carried out by Islamist militants against aid workers, secularists and religious minorities.

Suspect shot dead by police near Dhaka

The main suspect in the murder of secularist blogger Avijit Roy has been killed by police near Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.  Golam Faizullah Fahim, 19, was suspected of being a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist group which is banned in Bangladesh.  Police said Fahim died in a gun battle on Sunday when he was taken to a militant hideout to help investigators.  "Hizbut operatives opened fire in an attempt to snatch Fahim, forcing the police to retaliate," said Sarwar Hossain, police chief of Madaripur. "Fahim was caught in the crossfire."

Police launch major crackdown after attacks

Police in Bangladesh have arrested more than 8,000 people in a major crackdown following a series of deadly attacks on minorities and activists.  Police spokesman Kamrul Ahsan said on Monday that 8,192 people had been detained since Friday, with 103 of them linked directly to the recent murders.  The rest were charged with firearms, drugs and other offences.  On Saturday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowed to combat the wave of violence in the country.  "It may take time, but God willing, we will be able to bring [the perpetrators] under control," she said.

Hindu man hacked to death in Pabna

A Hindu monastery worker has been hacked to death in the north-western district of Pabna.  The attack on Nityaranjan Pande, 62, comes days after a Hindu priest was killed in a similar targeted killing in Jhinaigah. "There was no eye-witness to the attack as it happened very early in the morning," said Alamgir Kabir, district head of police.  There have been dozens of deadly attacks against religious minorities, activists and bloggers in Bangladesh since last year.

Police kill three suspected Islamist militants in Dhaka

Police in Bangladesh killed three people during a nationwide crackdown against suspected Islamist militants on Tuesday.  Two senior members of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group were killed in the capital, Dhaka, while a third died in the north-western state of Rajshahi.  The two men killed in Dhaka were linked to the recent bombing of a Shia mosque and the killing of a liberal professor. Earlier on Tuesday a Hindu priest was shot and almost beheaded in Jhinaigah district.

Hindu priest hacked to death in Bangladesh

A 65-year-old Hindu priest has been killed in the latest attack on minorities and secular authorities in Bangladesh.  Ananda Gopal Ganguly was targeted by three men on motorcycles in the western Jhinaigah district while he was on his way to a temple.  On Sunday a Christian businessman was hacked to death, hours after the wife of a senior police officer was shot dead by Islamic extremists.  Police said more than 40 people have been killed in similar attacks since the start of 2015, and critics have accused the government of ignoring the problem.

Wife of police officer shot dead in Chittagong

The wife of a senior police officer was shot dead in Bangladesh on Sunday morning.  Mahmuda Aktar was gunned down by three men on a motorcycle in front of her six-year-old son in Chittagong.  Her husband, Supt Babul Aktar, has led several raids on militant hideouts and investigated the banned Islamist Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh group.  Police believe that she was targeted because of her husbands work.

Thousands flee Cyclone Roanu

Half a million people have been forced to flee after Cyclone Roanu made landfall in Bangladesh on Saturday.  At least 21 people were killed after the country was battered by strong winds and torrential rain.  Dalil Uddin from the disaster management ministry told CNN that fatalities had been reported in six districts, although the full extent of the damage will not be known for several days.  The south-eastern regions of Barisal and Chittagong were particularly badly hit. forcing the authorities to setup emergency shelters.

Doctor hacked to death in latest IS attack

The Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh has claimed responsibility for the killing of a doctor in the west of the country.  Mir Sanwar Rahman was hacked to death by three assailants on Friday near Kushtia town, while a university tutor was also seriously wounded in the attack.  The incident is the latest targeted attack against people deemed by extremists to be un-Islamic, including liberals, secularists and religious minorities.

Two students hit by bomb blast in eastern Bangladesh

Two students were caught in a bomb blast in Kushtia Sadar Upazilla, eastern Bangladesh. One 14-year-old student was killed and another severely injured when a device that they were carrying exploded prematurely. Both youngsters are believed to be members of the Islami Chattra Shibir, the youth wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamic political party.

Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh

An elderly Buddhist monk has been hacked to death in south-eastern Bangladesh.  The body of Mongsowe U Chak, 75, was found inside a Buddhist temple in the district of Bandarban on Saturday.  The incident is the latest in a series of targeted killings against liberals, activists, journalists and non-Muslims, most of which have been carried out by radical Islamist groups.

Dozens killed by severe storm across Bangladesh

A severe storm killed at least 30 people and injured several others across the country on Thursday. According to media reports, over 15 districts were affected and hundreds of trees and houses were damaged. The most affected areas were the north-western districts of Bogra, Pabna, Sirajganj, Rajshahi and Natore. The capital Dhaka was also affected, where 14 people were killed. Bangladesh is often hit by severe weather conditions in the pre-monsoon season between March and mid-May.

Execution of Islamist leader sparks protests in Dhaka

Bangladesh has executed Motiur Rahman Nizami, 73, for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.  Nizami, head of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central Jail in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  The government has deployed thousands of extra police to the capital, Dhaka, after supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami called for a nationwide hartal (strike) in response to the hanging.

Sufi Muslim leader hacked to death near Rajshahi

A Sufi Muslim leader has been hacked to death near the northern town of Rajshahi.  The body of Mohammad Shahidullah, 65, was found by villagers in Tanore on Saturday.  His death comes after a wave of similar attacks on secularists, bloggers and academics in Bangladesh, many of which have been claimed by extremist Sunni groups, including the Islamic State (IS) and the al-Qaeda affiliate, Ansar al-Islam.

Youth organization leader murdered in Natore

A Juba League leader was murdered in Natore Sadar Upazila in western Bangladesh on Tuesday. Abdur Razzak Bapar was found dead in the Easinpur rail station by locals, who then informed the Sadar police. The authorities arrested four youths suspected of carrying out the attack, which police have suggested was related to a business dispute.  Juba League is a Bangladeshi youth organisation which is affiliated to the Bangladesh Awami League, the second biggest political party in the country.

Hindu tailor hacked to death in Tangail

A Hindu tailor has been hacked to death in the central city of Tangail.  Three people have been arrested in connection with Saturday's attack on Nikhil Joarder, which happened in the Dubail area of the city.  He had been arrested in 2012 for making derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad.  The Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after a leading LGBT activist was killed on Monday.

Gay rights activist killed in Dhaka

The editor of a LGBT magazine has been hacked to death in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. Julhas Mannan, who worked at the Roopbaan magazine, was killed at an apartment in Kalabagan along with an unidentified man on Monday.  A third person was wounded in the attack, which came two days after a university professor was hacked to death in Rajshahi.  On Sunday Imran Sarker, a prominent secular blogger, said he had received death threats, with assailants warning that he would be killed "very soon". On Tuesday, through a Twitter statement, Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ansar Al Islam claimed responsibility for the assassinations.

Professor hacked to death in Rajshahi

A university professor has been hacked to death in the city of Rajshahi in north-western Bangladesh.  Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, was attacked as he left his home by three men on Saturday.  The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying he was targeted for "calling to atheism".  Several secular journalists and bloggers have been killed in similar circumstances in Bangladesh since 2015.

Bangladeshi blogger killed in Dhaka

A law student who had expressed secular messages against radical Islamism was murdered in the capital, Dhaka, on Wednesday. Nazimuddin Samad, 28, was attacked by at least four people armed with machetes, before he was shot dead at close range. The assailants fled on a motorcycle, while no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Samad had recently posted on his Facebook page: “Evolution is a scientific truth. Religion and race are the invention of the savage and uncivil people.”  In 2015 four atheist bloggers were hacked to death in similar targeted killings.

Four killed in power plant clashes

Four people have been killed after police opened fire on a group of protesters in the remote coastal town of Gandamara.  Around 500 people had gathered to protest against the construction of a China-backed power plant near Chittagong on Monday.  “The clashes erupted when police came under attack by local villagers protesting against the move to install the power plant by S Alam group with finance from China,” government administrator of Chittagong district Mesbahuddin said. 

Bangladesh confirms first case of Zika

Bangladesh has confirmed the country's first case of the Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly, a congenital conditional associated with reduced brain development in babies.  The case was found in an old blood sample from a 67-year-old man taken in 2014.  The man, who lives in the port city of Chittagong, has not travelled overseas and none of his relatives have tested positive for the virus.

Five suspected militants arrested in Bangladesh

The security forces in Bangladesh have arrested five militants suspected of planning attacks on Independence Day.  The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) targeted the members of the outlawed Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which is suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks on two foreigners in 2015.  The RAB officers also seized plastic explosives and IEDs in the raids in the capital, Dhaka.

Hindu priest beheaded in Bangladesh

A prominent Hindu priest has been killed and two worshippers wounded in an attack in northern Bangladesh.  Jogeswar Roy, 45, was beheaded at his home in the Deviganj temple near Panchagar on Sunday.  Police said local militants from Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh were behind the attack; however the Islamic Stare (IS) claimed responsibility via social media.

Police suspended over death of tea stall owner

Five police officers have been suspended in Bangladesh over the death of a tea stall owner in the capital, Dhaka.  Babul Matubbar's family allege that police set fire of him during a scuffle on Wednesday, which was sparked when he refused to pay a bribe.  He suffered 90 percent burns and later died in hospital.  The case has caused a large public outcry in the country, and the chairman of the national human rights commission, Mizanur Rahman, said: "The state must ensure justice for this crime."

Day-long nation-wide strike called for Thursday 7 January

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has called a nation-wide strike from dawn until dusk. It is a response to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the International Crimes Tribunal's death sentence for one of Jamaat's leaders. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned that protests and demonstrations may occur near the Supreme Court and other areas of central Dhaka, and that these can quickly turn violent and lead to clashes with local authorities. They advise to limit movements in the areas where possible.

Deadly earthquake hits Manipur state

At least nine people have been killed after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit India's north-eastern state of Manipur.  The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 30km from the state capital, Imphal, at 04:35 local time.  Six people died and more than 30 others were wounded in India, while three people were killed across the border in Bangladesh.  Police in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, said around 60 people were being treated for injuries sustained during the quake, including a student who jumped from a fourth floor balcony.

Seven robbers beaten to death by mob in Dhaka

Seven suspected robbers were beaten to death by a mob in the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.  Police said the group were accused of breaking into a village market in the Narayanganj district. “We recovered seven bodies from the scene early today and sent four other suspected robbers to the (local) Araihazar health complex with critical wounds,” a police official told PTI.

Six wounded in bomb attacks on Hindu gathering

At least six people have been wounded after a series of bomb attacks on a Hindu gathering in northern Bangladesh.  Several blasts were reported at a temple in the Dinajpur district, around 415km north of the capital, Dhaka, on Saturday as people attended a Rushmela ceremony.  The temple's priest was previously warned not to hold any religious ceremonies.

Five wounded in Chuadanga blasts

At least five people have been wounded after 11 crude devices exploded in the western district of Chuadanga.  The blasts were reported in the Mosjidpara, Zintalapara and Majhirpara areas on Wednesday evening.  The wounded were all activists from the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

Gunmen attack Shia mosque in north-west

Gunmen have killed at least one person and wounded three others in an attack on a Shia mosque in north-western Bangladesh.  The masked assailants carried out the assault on the Imam Khomeini mosque in the village of Haripur on Thursday.  A group affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) militant group later claimed responsibility for the attack.

24-hour hartal called in protest at executions

The Jamaat-e-Islami party called another nationwide strike (hartal) on Monday in protest at the execution of two of its leaders.  Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were executed at Dhaka's central jail over the weekend.  They were convicted of war crimes during the Liberation War with Pakistan in 1971.  Thousands of extra police and border guards have been deployed across the capital and other major cities.

Day-long hartal underway in Bangladesh

A day-long general strike (hartal) called by the Jamaat-e-Islami party is underway in Bangladesh.  Jamaat called for the strike after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of two men convicted of war crimes during the Liberation War with Pakistan in 1971.  The government have blocked several social media networks in the country "to maintain order"

Italian priest shot in northern Bangladesh

An Italian priest has been wounded in a shooting in the northern district of Dinajpur.  Piero Parolari was targeted by three assailants on motorbikes as he travelled to church.  The attack is the third this year in which foreign nationals were targeted; an Italian aid worker was killed in September and a Japanese citizen in October.  No group claimed responsibility the latest attack, while militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) said they carried out the previous incidents.

Another secular blogger killed in Bangladesh

A secular blogger has been killed and three other people wounded in two separate attacks in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.  Faisal Arefin Dipon, 43, was hacked to death outside the office of the Jagriti Prokashoni publishing house in the city, while three other bloggers were attacked in the Lalmatia area.  There have been a series of similar attacks on secular writers in the country since Avijit Roy was hacked to death in February.  Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

Fishermen abducted in Bay area

More than 50 Bangladeshi fishermen have been abducted by a gang of criminals from the Bay in Fareboya point.  "A gang of 30 to 40 robbers reported to have attacked the boats when the fishermen were fishing shortly after midnight and looted assets of those fishermen,” a source told the Bangladesh Today newspaper. Local officials confirmed the incident and said efforts were underway to resolve the situation.

Bomb targets Shia Muslims in Dhaka

At least one person was killed and more than 80 others wounded in a triple bomb attack in Dhaka on Saturday.  The devices detonated among thousands of worshippers who had gathered for the annual Day of Ashura procession, which is a day of mourning for Shia Muslims. In a statement the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying “soldiers of the Caliphate in Bangladesh” were able to detonate explosives in a temple of “polytheists in the city of Dhaka, during the holding of their polytheist rituals.”

Two communist rebels killed in Tangail clashes

Two members of the Purba Bangla Communist Party (RBCP) have been killed and three others wounded in clashes with members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Tangail.  Around 10 members of the RBCP opened fire on the troops during a raid in the village of Maisha on Wednesday.

Islamists issue death threats against media outlets

Police in Bangladesh are investigating threats sent to various media outlets by a radical Islamist group.  Ansarullah Bangla Team, which is linked to the killings of four secular bloggers earlier this year, named six more bloggers in the country and nine others living abroad which they say are targets.  Dhaka-based blogger Imran H Sarker said he had received a death threat which read: You are a black sheep for the Muslims. Just prepare to get killed as your life is on the point of ruin. You will be killed like the foreigners," referring to the recent killing of two foreign nationals in Bangladesh.

Police clash with activists in Manikganj

At least 25 people have been wounded in clashes with police and activists from the Democratic Left Alliance during a rally in Manikganj.  Local witnesses said the police setup roadblocks before charging the protesters, who were taking part in a three day march to call for the Rampal power plant project to be scrapped. The alliance coordinator Saiful Huq of Revolutionary Worker’s Party, Mushrefa Mishu, president of Revolutionary Democratic Party and national daily Amader Shomoy correspondent Shahidul Islam Sujon were among the injured.

Twenty wounded in Gaibandha clashes

At least 20 people have been wounded in clashes between protesters and riot police in the Gaibandha district in northern Bangladesh.  The unrest was sparked when lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton was arrested in the capital Dhaka, sparking anger among his supporters.  Around 1,000 protesters took part in a procession from Liton's constituency in Sundarganj and attempted to storm the court premises.

Baptist pastor stabbed in north-western Bangladesh

A Baptist pastor has been stabbed at his home in the north-western district of Pabna.  The Rev. Luke Sarker of the Faith Bible church survived the attack by three men who pretended to be interested in learning about Christianity.  The incident comes after two foreign nationals were killed in Bangladesh in less than a week, while there have also been increasing attacks on secular bloggers.  A member of the student wing of the Jamaat-e Islami party has been arrested in connection with the attack on Rev. Sarker.

Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh

A Japanese national has been shot dead in the northern town of Kaunia.  Kunio Hoshi, 65, was targeted by three masked gunmen as he made his way to an agricultutal project in the town.  He is the second foreign national to be killed in Bangladesh in a week, coming just days after Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella was gunned down in Dhaka.  Militants affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for both killings.

Italian aid worker shot dead in Dhaka

An Italian aid worker has been killed in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.  Cesare Tavella, 50, was out running in the Gulshan diplomatic zone on Monday night when he was shot three times.  A group affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the murder, saying that a security detachment had tracked and killed Tavella with a silenced weapon. In response police official Mukhlesur Rahman said: "We have no idea, we can't say anything definitively for now".

Indian border guards shoot dead Bangladeshi national

A Bangladeshi national has been killed and four others wounded after Indian border guards opened fire on them at the West Ramkirshnapur border. According to local residents Sayem Ali, 40, of Ramkrishnapur village was killed in the shooting on Friday morning. The incident was reportedly sparked when members of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) chased away local villagers who were fishing near the border.

Bus passengers injured in armed robbery in Sylhet district

On August 27, 30 people were injured by armed robbers in an attack on a passenger bus in Companiganj upazila, Sylhet. According to reports, robbers attacked a Tukerbazar-Dhaka bus near Katakhal bridge at Burni. The robbers opened fire on the bus to force it to stop, leaving 15 passengers with bullet wounds. In a struggle with the robbers, another 15 passengers were injured and then robbed at gunpoint. The condition of seven of the passengers is described as critical. The attack occurred at around 22.30 local time. An investigation is underway. 

Police kill six alleged tiger poachers

Six suspected tiger poachers have been shot dead in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police at a hideout in the world's largest mangrove forest. A local police official, Harendra Nath Sarkar, said that during the raid, alleged poachers began shooting and the officers returned fire. "The gunfight went on for about 15 to 20 minutes. We recovered three tiger skins, and five guns and ammunition. From the look and smell of the skins, it seemed that the tigers were killed not more than a week ago."

Secularist blogger hacked to death

A Bangladeshi blogger known for his atheist and secularist views has been hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes in the capital Dhaka. Niloy Neel was attacked at his home in the city's Goran area, and is the fourth secularist blogger to have been killed this year by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh. 

Police hunt teen killers in Sylhet

Police in Bangladesh are hunting for a group of men who beat a 13-year-old boy to death and then published a video of the attack online.  The case has sparked widespread outrage in the north-eastern city of Sylhet, where hundreds of people have formed a human chain around the home of the victim, named as Samiul Alam Rajon. Junior home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said police had arrested two people in connection with the killing and were looking for four others.

Twenty-three killed in Bangladesh stampede

At least 23 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in a stampede in northern Bangladesh.  The incident happened during a clothes giveaway in Mymensingh city on Friday morning. "We have so far recovered 23 bodies. Most of the dead are poor and emaciated women," Mymensingh police chief Moinul Haque said.

Eight wounded in Comilla petrol bombing

Eight people have been burned in a petrol bomb attack on a bus in Comilla.  Police have arrested seven local Jamaat-e-Islami leaders over their alleged involvement in the arson attack on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

Bangladesh bans Islamist militant group ABT

Authorities in Bangladesh have banned the Islamist militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).  The group, which has been linked to al-Qaeda, are suspected of being behind the killings of three secular bloggers.  ABT are the sixth militant or extremist group to be banned by authorities, following Jamaa'tul Mujaheedin Bangladesh (JMB), Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Bangladesh (HuJI), Shahadat-e Al-Hikma, and Hizb-ut Tahrir.

Another secular blogger killed in Bangladesh

A secular blogger has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack this year.  Ananta Bijoy Das was killed in the Subid Bazar area of Sylhet city on Tuesday morning by a masked gang armed with machetes. "We believe there were four attackers. We are trying to find out the particulars of the case. Police will try to find the attackers, arrest them and put them to justice," said Police Commissioner Kamrul Hasan. The death of Mr Das follows the similar deadly attacks on Avijit Roy and Washiqur Rahman in February and March.

Seven killed in Dhaka robbery

Gunmen have killed seven people and wounded 25 others during a robbery at a bank in Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka.  According to reports local residents caught two of the robbers, beating one to death and handing another over to police.

BNP calls for nationwide hartal on 22 April

The Bangladesh National Party (BNP) has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal (strike), excluding the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, on Wednesday 22 April.  The call is in response to the attack on BNP leader Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on Monday.

Opposition leader attacked by mob in Dhaka

The leader of Bangladesh's opposition has been attacked by a mob while campaigning in the capital, District.  Khaled Zia was unhurt when an angry crowd threw stones at her car as she rallied for the upcoming mayoral elections in the city. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused her arch rival of making an unnecessary 'drama' out of the incident.

Jamaat calls for nationwide hartal after leader hanged

The Jamaat-e-Islami party has called for a nationwide hartal (shutdown) on Monday after one of the group's leaders was executed.  Mohammad Qamaruzzaman, an assistant secretary-general of the party, had been sentenced to death for crime against humanity during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.  The acting amir of the party, Makbul Ahmed, announced the dawn-to-dusk protest in a press release. 

Another blogger hacked to death in Dhaka

A blogger has been hacked to death in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, a month after a similar attack in the city.  Washiqur Rahman was targeted near his home in the Begunbari area of the city on Monday.  In February  the US-based blogger Avijit Roy was killed in a machete attack in the city, sparking international outrage.

Hindu pilgrims killed in stampede

At least 10 Hindu pilgrims have been killed in a stampede near Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.  The incident occurred on the banks of the Brahmaputra river during the annual Astami Snan festival. "We are investigating what triggered the stampede but it seems the tragedy was due to an unusually high number of pilgrims," said police inspector Nasir Ahmed.

US blogger hacked to death in Dhaka

A prominent US blogger has been hacked to death in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.  Avijit Roy, who was born in Bangladesh, had travelled to the country to attend a book fair with his wife, Rafida Ahmed. “He died as he was brought to the hospital. His wife was also seriously wounded. She has lost a finger,” local police chief Sirajul Islam said.  Mr Roy founded the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog which promotes liberal secular writing and criticizes religious fundamentalism.

Seven killed in Bangladesh bus attack

At least seven people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a petrol bomb attack on a bus in eastern Bangladesh. "Seven passengers were burnt to death in the bus after the petrol bomb was thrown at 4am," district police chief Tuttul Chakrabarty told the AFP news agency. Activists from the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been blamed for the attack.

Bangladesh arrests 7,000 opposition activists

Bangladesh's security forces have arrested more than 7,000 opposition activists since nationwide protests started two weeks ago.  At least 29 people have been killed since violence erupted during demonstrations against the detention of opposition leader Khaleda Zia.  Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said the government is considering a shoot-on-site policy for anyone involved in looting or violence.

Opposition activists shot dead in Natore clashes

Two opposition activists have been shot dead in clashes with ruling party supporters in the northern town of Natore on Monday morning.  The unrest happened after Khaleda Zia, the leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was locked in her office in the capital Dhaka. "Both are from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party who joined a protest outside Natore. Both were shot dead during clashes with Awami League supporters," said Mohammad Fariduddin, a police inspector in Natore.

Opposition leader placed under house arrest

Bangladesh police have locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office and banned all protests in the capital, Dhaka.  Security forces said the ban, which began at 17:00 local time, was intended to prevent violence after Ms Zia's party and PM Sheikh Hasina's party planned to hold rival protests on Monday.

Thousands rally against media crackdown

Around 20,000 people have gathered in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, to protest against government policy that critics say will limit press freedoms.  The secretary general of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said "mass media comes under attack whenever the Awami League comes to power", adding that the new broadcast policy was aimed at silencing dissent.

Deadly clashes erupt at Dhaka refugee camp

At least 10 people have been killed during a riot at a refugee camp in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.  Police said violent clashes erupted between locals and Bihari Muslims who live at the camp in the Mirpur district of the city following weeks of increasing tensions.  Half a million Bihari Muslims have lived in refugee camps since the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan.

Bangladeshi guard killed along Myanmar border

A Bangladeshi border guard has been killed in an "unprovoked eruption of gunfire" along the shared border with Myanmar.  Bangladesh's government has demanded the immediate withdrawal of Myanmar's forces from the border, saying it had violated a 1980 agreement.  In response Myanmar's Foreign Ministry said the first incursion came from "two suspected armed Bengalis in yellow camouflage uniform who entered into Myanmar territory."

Deadly storm hits northern Bangladesh

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 1,000 left homeless after a severe storm hit northern Bangladesh.  According to police nine people died in the district of Netrokona, while six were killed in Sunamganj and one person was struck by lightning in nearby Naogaon.  The storm also derailed a train in the Tangali district, which was carrying up to 500 passengers at the time.

Ruling Awami League sweeps to election victory

Bangladesh's ruling Awami League has won the country's general elections, amid violence, low turnout and a boycott by the main opposition party.  The outcome of the vote was widely expected following the decision of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) not to take part, which left many of the 300 seats uncontested.  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered the country's security forces to prevent any post-election violence.

Polling stations torched on eve of elections

More that 100 polling stations have been torched across Bangladesh ahead of elections on Sunday.  At least three people have been killed in the latest violence, which coincided with a two-day strike by the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) who are boycotting the "farcical" vote.

Army deployed across Bangladesh ahead of elections

Thousands of soldiers have been deployed across Bangladesh as the country prepares to hold general elections on 05 January.  The main opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, has urged her supporters to hold mass protests unless PM Sheikh Hasina resigns and a caretaker government is installed.

Hanging of Islamist leader sparks protests

Violent protests have erupted across Bangladesh following the hanging of an Islamist leader late on Thursday.  Abdul Quader Mollah, senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentence to death after being convicted of committing war crimes during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan.  Two activists from the ruling Awami league were killed by an angry mob in the southern town of Kalaroa on Friday morning, while the Islamist party has warned of exacting revenge for "every drop" of his blood.

Opposition activists clash with police in Bangladesh

At least four people have been killed after opposition activists clashed with riot police in Bangladesh.  Protesters from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) blocked roads and railways after the Awami League-led government rejected their calls to postpone the general elections scheduled for January, 2014.

Thousands join garment factory protests

Around 40,000 garment workers have protested for a second day in the industrial regions of Savar and Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.  Dozens of people were wounded when riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the striking workers, who have rejected a government-appointed panels decision to raise the minimum monthly wage from 3,000 taka to 5,000.  They are demanding more than 8,000 taka, equivalent to $100.

Court sentences 152 soldiers to death

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 152 soldiers to death and a further 157 to life in prison for their role in a military mutiny in 2009.  Prosecutors sought the death penalty for a total of 823 soldiers who had been charged with murder, conspiracy and torture during the 30-hour uprising which started over a pay dispute.

Three killed in Bangladesh clashes

At least three people have been killed after clashes erupted during the first day of three-day opposition strike in Bangladesh.  Supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) fought street battles with government supporters and riot police across the country.

Five protesters killed in Bangladesh unrest

At least five people have been killed and dozens more wounded after protesters clashed with police across the country.  Around 100,000 people gathered in various regions of Bangladesh to demand that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina resign and establish a caretaker government.

Violence erupts over Islamic leader's death sentence

Supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party have clashed with police during a two-day nationwide strike after their leader was sentenced to death for war crimes.  Abdul Kader Mullah was accused of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan.

UK woman killed in armed robbery

A UK woman has been killed in an apparent armed robbery in Sunamgonj, Bangladesh, according to her family.  Rehana Begum was on holiday when she was attacked and stabbed to death for her valuables.

Court rules Jamaat-e-Islami illegal

Bangladesh's High Court has declared that registration of the country's main Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, is illegal.  The decision was taken after a petition was lodged which argued that Jamaat's charter breached the secular constitution.  Under the ruling the party will be unable to field any candidates in the next elections, currently scheduled for January, 2014.

Violence erupts over Ghulam Azam war crime verdict

At least two people have been killed in violence sparked by the conviction of Islamist leader Ghulam Azam for war crimes.  Mr Azam, 90, was found guilty of five charges relating to Bangladesh's war of independence with Pakistan.  

Thousands join Dhaka protests

Thousands of garment workers have gathered  to protest against working conditions in the Ashulia industrial area of Dhaka.  Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the angry crowds after they blocked a key highway in the city.  Local media reported that around 50 people were wounded in the clashes.

Thousands flee as Cyclone Mahasen approaches Bangladesh

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from the southern coastal areas of Bangladesh as Cyclone Mahasen hit the city of Khepupara.  At least five people have been killed by falling debris in the country, while thousands of houses have been destroyed as winds reached speeds of 100km.

Jamaat-e-Islami party leader arrested

Abul Kalam Mohammad Yusuf, the leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, has been arrested by security forces and held on war crimes charges.  The arrest comes only two days after the party's deputy head was sentenced to death for his role in the 1971 war of independence.

More than 30 killed in Islamist protest

At least 30 people have been killed during violent clashes between police and Islamist protesters in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.  Several hundred shops and vehicles were burnt while police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators.

Building collapse death toll rises to 200

Rescue workers and volunteers are continuing to search for survivors at the site of the building which collapsed outside Dhaka yesterday, as the death toll reaches 200.  According to police the owners of the eight-story building, which housed garment factory workers, ignored safety warnings after cracks appeared on Tuesday.  Thousands of angry garment workers are reported to be protesting in the city, calling for the exectution of the factory owners.

Opposition newspaper editor arrested

Police in Bangladesh have arrested the editor of a pro-opposition newspaper on various charges.  Mahmudur Rahman from the Amar Desh paper faces eight charges, including sedition, cyber crime and inciting violence.

Pirates kill fishermen off south-eastern Bangladesh

Pirates have killed at least 16 fishermen near Kutubdia, an island off south-eastern Bangladesh.  The victims hands and feet were tied together, and it has been reported that they were thrown into the sea alive before the pirates stole their boat.

Protesters clash with police in Tangail, Dhaka

At least one person has been killed after violent clashes broke out between protesters and the police in the Tangail area of the Dhaka Division. Hundreds of supporters of local election candidate Habibullah Bahar reportedly attacked the Sagardighi polling station, accusing Bahar's opposition of tampering with votes. The police were forced to intervene, opening fire on the protesters. As a result, voting has now been suspended as police investigations are launched.

Bangladesh Data Sheet

Population:
161 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam (83%), Hinduism (16%)
International dialing code:
+880
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
(Dhaka only)Ambulance 199, Fire 9 555 555, Police 999
Drives:
Left
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Tropical
Ohter Major Cities:
Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshani
Borders:
India, Myanmar