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3 people burnt alive in firebombing in southern Bangladesh

Three people were killed early Saturday when suspected anti-government protesters hurled petrol bombs at a truck in southern Bangladesh, just hours after a similar attack on a passenger bus elsewhere in the country killed five people and injured dozens, local media reported.

The latest attack happened at around 5:30 a.m. local time when attackers hurled petrol bombs at a truck carrying poultry feed in Barisal, a city in southern Bangladesh. The driver and two other people who were also in the truck were burnt alive and died at the scene, the Daily Star newspaper reported.

Hours earlier, at around 11:35 p.m. on Friday, at least five people were killed, including three children, when anti-government protesters set a passenger bus on fire in Gaibandha district of northern Bangladesh. Nearly 30 others were injured in the attack, which followed a similar bus attack in the country's east earlier this week, killing seven.

Dozens of people have died in weeks of political unrest in Bangladesh after an alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called for a nationwide blockade of roads, rail and waterways. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, speaking on Friday, said she saw no difference between the activities of the Islamic State (ISIS) group and the BNP coalition.

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