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Bangladesh PM Sheik Hasina hardly escapes blast

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DHAKA —

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina on Saturday hardly escaped from a bomb blast which happened in a Dhaka neighborhood minutes after her convoy passed the range, local media reported.

Hasina crossed the area on her way to the capital`s Suhrawardy Udyan to attend a rally organised by the ruling Awami League, which she leads.

The blasts occurred amid a transport blockade across Bangladesh, enforced by the Khaleda Zia-led opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its alliances.

Several crude bombs blasted in Dhaka`s Karwan Bazar area just 10 minutes after the prime minister`s convoy passed, bdnews24.com reported citing a police official.

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia`s 20-party opposition, which boycotted the general election held Jan 5 last year, has enforced a non-stop nationwide blockade since Jan 5 and shutdowns since February last year, demanding fresh parliamentary polls under a non-party caretaker government system.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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