Deadly clashes between rival militias in Libya’s capital killed at least 27 people and left residents trapped in their homes on Tuesday,unable to escape the violence,medical authorities said. The fighting appears to be the most intense to shake Tripoli this year. There were at least four people dead but it was not immediately clear if they were militiamen or civilians, an official said.The clashes erupted late on Monday between militiamen from the 444 brigade and the Special Deterrence Force, according to local media reports. Tensions flared after Mahmoud Hamza, a senior commander of the 444 brigade, was allegedly detained by the rival group at an airport in Tripoli earlier in the day, the reports said. Read also:Bangladesh climbs 5 spots in latest passport ranking, still behind Sri Lanka and Libya Over 100 people were injured in the fighting, Libya's Emergency Medicine and Support Center, a medical body that is deployed during humanitarian disasters and wars, said early Wednesday.It is unclear how many of the dead were militiamen or civilians. The Red Crescent did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Throughout the fighting Tuesday, the Health Ministry urged the warring sides to allow ambulance and emergency teams to enter the affected areas, primarily in the south of the city, and for blood to be sent to nearby hospitals. Read also:Italy agrees to lift ban on flights from conflict-stricken Libya after 10 years OPSGroup, an organization for the aviation industry, said late Monday that a large number of aircraft departed from Tripoli due to the clashes. Inbound flights were being diverted to the nearby city of Misrata, it said. The escalation follows months of relative peace after nearly a decade of civil war in Libya, where two rival sets of authorities are locked in a political stalemate. Longstanding divisions have sparked several incidents of violence in Tripoli in recent years, although most have been over in a matter of hours. Read also:Don’t want US foreign policy failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya repeated in Bangladesh: Elected Bangladeshi-American officials, activists write to Biden In a statement Tuesday, the U.N. mission in Libya said it was following with concern "the security incidents and developments" and called for an immediate end to the ongoing clashes.Both of Libya's rival administrations also condemned the fighting in separate statements Tuesday. The House of Representatives, which is based in the eastern city of Benghazi, blamed its rival, the Tripoli-based government, for the violence. The U.S. and British embassies in Libya issued statements expressing concerns over the violence. The United States called for an "immediate de-escalation in order to sustain recent Libyan gains toward stability and elections," the American Embassy said. The oil-rich country has been divided since 2014 between rival administrations in the east and the west, each supported by an array of well-armed militias and different foreign governments. The North African nation has been in a state of upheaval since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising toppled and later killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
At least 50 people were injured in a clash among the leaders and activists of BNP and Awami League and police duirng BNP’s march programme at Islampur road in Feni district town on Tuesday. Witnesses said, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists led by former MP VP Joynal brought out a procession as part of their party’s central march rally from Daudpur area in the district town. When the procession reached at Islampur road around 4 pm, police obstructed them. A chase and counter-chase took place among them. The BNP activists also hurled brick chips targeting police. BNP’s march: 50 hurt in clash with police in Bogura At one stage, a group of Awami League leaders and activists appeared there who were holding a peaceful rally near Feni Shaheed Minar, engaged into the clash. The whole area turned into a battle field. Later, police fired bullets and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse them. 50 people including 25 BNP leaders and activists were injured during the clash, said Sheikh Farid Uddin Bahar, convener of Feni District unit BNP. Police-BNP activists clash in Kishoreganj; several activists, journalists injured Four journalist including Mohona TV correspondent and Manabjamin correspondent were injured in the clash while taking footage of the clash. Zakir Hossain, superintendent of Feni police said, officer-in-charge of Feni Model Police Station and some policemen were injured during the clash. BNP activists, police clash in Pirojpur Additional police have been deployed in the area to avert further trouble.
A 75-year-old man was killed in a clash over “sale of rotten mangoes” at Sirajul Market in Kakina union of Kaliganj upazila under Lalmonirhat district around 10 pm on Tuesday (July 12, 2023). The deceased was identified as Azizar Rahman, a resident of Ichlir Char village under Laxmitari union of Gangachara upazila in Rangpur. Read: Hit by bus, on-duty traffic police constable dies in Ctg Locals said the incident took place when a clash broke out over selling rotten mangoes at Sirajul Market on Tuesday night.Habibur Rahman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Kaliganj police station, said Azizar Rahman was killed in the clash between two groups. Read: Body of a man found near CUET gate Legal action in this regard is under process, he added.
Four people were killed and 20 others injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over a trifling matter at Hasnabaz village in Shantiganj upazila of Sunamganj district on Monday. The deceased were identified as Babul Mia, 58, son of Sufi Mia, Nurul Islam, 42, Nurul Haque, 32 and Md Shahjahan, 36, son of Abdul Basit of the village. Khaled Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Shantiganj Police Station, said a man from Hasnabaz village donated a jackfruit to a local mosque. Later, Dwin Islam and his supporters locked into an altercation with Sunu Mia and Junab Ali over an attempt to sell the jackfruit. Read: 3 killed in clash over land dispute in Rajshahi They attacked each other with sharp weapons, leaving two dead on the spot and 21 others injured. Of the injured Shahjahan died on the way to hospital. Read: 15 injured during BCL-Jubo League clash in Barishal Later, another injured victim Nurul succumbed to his injuries at Sadar Hospital in the afternoon, said Rafiqul Islam, resident medical officer of the hospital. On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Police also arrested three people from the spot. Read more: At least 10 injured in clash between two groups in Kushtia
Several supporters of mayoral candidates backed by Awami League (AL) and Islami Andolon Bangladesh were injured in a clash over entering a polling centre, as Barishal City Corporation election is underway today (June 12, 2023). Islami Andolon candidate Mufti Syed Muhammad Faizul Karim, who is contesting the election with the ‘hand fan’ symbol, alleged that several of his supporters as well as he were injured in an attack by AL men when they were about to enter the Kawnia Secondary Girls School centre. He said voters and his agents were forced to leave the Kawnia centre and Manik Miah centre. “Activists of the AL mayoral candidate barred me from entering the Kawnia centre when I tried to lodge a complaint with the presiding officer,” the Islami Andolon candidate told UNB Barishal correspondent. “I, along with several of my supporters, was injured in the attack,” he said. Read: Barishal city polls: Voters being barred from coming to polling stations, say 2 mayoral candidates Denying the allegation made by the Islami Andolon candidate and supporters, AL activist Biddyut said they only told them that they "should not enter the polling centre with such a big crowd." “Rather they (Islami Andolon activists) carried out an attack on us with knives, leaving several men injured,” he said.
At least 10 people were injured when a clash broke out between ready-made garments (RMG) workers and law enforcers in Ashulia area of Savar upazila on Tuesday (May 23, 2023) as the workers blocked Baipail-Abdullahpur highway, police said. According to the workers, the authority of Fashion Forum Limited Garment declared the garment closed indefinitely as they went on a strike and stopped working from Monday on various demands. Read more: Bangladesh-Australia have huge opportunities to expand trade: BGMEA President Observing the notice put at the gate last night, the workers started to block the Baipail-Abdullahpur highway and police intercepted them. Ashulia Police Station Officer-in-Charge Kamruzzaman confirmed the matter and said that additional police have been deployed in front of the factory to avoid any untoward incident. Read more: Dip in US market fails to dent apparel sector's growth momentum.
Two cases were filed against 450 leaders and activists of BNP, including the district presidents and general secretaries of Jubo Dal, Chhatra Dal, and Sramik Dal, in relation to a recent clash between Awami League and BNP in Patuakhali. The clash occurred during a peace rally organized by the Awami League at the Muslimpara intersection in the municipality. Two Awami League leaders filed the two cases at the Sadar police station. Also Read: AL-BNP clash leaves 30, inclucing policemen, injured in Patuakhali No arrests have been made thus far by the police. AL leader Raihan Hossain filed a written complaint on the night of May 20. According to the complaint, while the peace rally was underway, BNP supporters allegedly ambushed the participants, vandalizing houses and shops, resulting in several activists being injured and subsequently admitted to the hospital. The main defendant, in this case, is Monir Munshi, the General Secretary of the district Sramik Dal, along with 29 other leaders and workers. Additionally, 150-200 unidentified individuals have been named as defendants. In another case filed at the same police station on May 21, District Jubo League Joint General Secretary Nasir Uddin, the plaintiff, stated that Jubo Dal members had launched an attack during their peace rally at the Muslimpara intersection, causing similar damages. District Jubo Dal President Monirul Islam was made the main defendant in this case, listing 16 individuals by name and 200-250 others as unnamed defendants. Md. Moniruzzaman, the Officer-in-Charge of the Patuakhali Sadar Police Station, said that both plaintiffs had made identical complaints. He said, "The accused are currently evading arrest. Our efforts to arrest them are ongoing." District Juba Dal President Monirul Islam Liton expressed that the BNP would also file a case against the Awami League attackers at the police station. He further stated that if the police failed to take action, they would approach the court. A rally held in front of the Patuakhali district BNP office on Saturday morning, demanding the government's resignation, was disrupted by an attack from Jubo League and Chhatra League members. The clash escalated into a violent confrontation, with both sides engaging in brick-throwing and vandalizing the BNP offices. Police resorted to firing tear gas to disperse the activists from both parties. District Chhatra Dal president Ujjal Talukder and 30 leaders and activists from the BNP and Awami League reportedly sustained injuries during the clash.
At least 30 people, including activists of Awami League (AL), Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and police personnel, were injured in clash between the two parties over holding rally in Sadar upazila of Patuakhali today. Police used teargas to disperse the fighting groups while an additional number of law enforcers have been deployed in the area to avert any untoward incident. Local BNP leaders said there was a scheduled rally to press home their 10-point demand, including resignation of the incumbent government and holding the next parliamentary election under a neutral government, in front of the party office in Patuakhali's town's Banani intersection area at 10 am. BNP activists and leaders from different parts of the district started gathering with processions since early morning, they said, adding that they were barred by the ruling party activists on their way to the rally venue. A clash broke out between the activists of the parties when an AL procession was passing by, witnesses said. Brickbats were thrown targeting each other, while BNP’s district office was also vandalised. The rival groups chased each other several times in the area, causing panic among the commuters and locals. BNP Central leader ABM Mosharraf Hossain said at least 25 BNP activists were injured in the attack by AL men. Md Saidul Islam, superintendent of police (SP), said, the situation is now under control and an additional number of policemen have been deployed in front of the BNP office in the town. The SP said they used teargas to bring the situation under control but instantly could not inform how many rounds were used. Additional Superintendent of Police Mohammad Mainul Hassan said several policemen were injured in the clash. Sadar Police Station’s Officer-in-Charge, Md Moniruzzaman, said a process was underway to file cases against those who attacked law enforcers and tried to deteriorate the law and order situation. The district unit of BNP held an emergency press conference in favour of their 10-point demand and protested the "attack" on their rally at a hotel this afternoon. At the press conference, BNP Vice Chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo said the next national polls won’t be free and fair without a caretaker government. Meanwhile, local AL leaders and activists held a peace rally in the morning. AL's district unit President and freedom fighter Kazi Alamgir and Vice President Sultan Ahmad Mridha, among others, spoke at the rally. The district AL president said they will file a case against BNP men for "attacking" their rally.
Gunmen attacked villages in troubled north-central Nigeria, killing 29 people and razing houses, survivors and authorities said Tuesday. Many villagers remained unaccounted for Tuesday evening after the attack in Plateau state, residents said. It was the latest incident in a spiral of violence mainly targeting remote communities in the West African nation. The gunmen targeted three villages in Plateau state’s Mangu local government area late Monday night and killed several people either with gunfire or after setting their houses ablaze, resident Philip Pamshak said. “As I am talking to you, they are still attacking people. The tension is still high and there are places the bandits still control, so people are not able to go and check if there are others killed,” Pamshak said. Also read: Gunmen kill 15 people, abduct 5 aid workers in north Nigeria Plateau Gov. Simon Lalong said he was disturbed by the attack and directed security forces to search for the suspects and prosecute them, according to a statement issued by his spokesman. “He (the governor) describes this as yet another attempt by crises merchants and criminals to return the state to the dark days of pain and agony,” said Makut Macham, Lalong’s spokesman. Such attacks have become rampant in many parts of Nigeria’s northern region, where several armed groups target villages with inadequate security, either killing or abducting residents and travelers for ransom. Arrests are rare in such attacks, for which no group typically takes responsibility. However, authorities have in the past identified many of the attackers as former pastoralists who took up arms after decades of conflict with farmers over limited access to land and water. The security crisis has led to thousands of deaths and defied several government and security measures in the last year. After the latest killings in Plateau, Lalong directed the emergency response agency to visit the affected communities “to bring succor” to victims and their families, many of whom have either fled the area or have lost their homes, adding to Nigeria’s worsening humanitarian crisis.
At least 25 people were injured in a clash between two groups of locals from six villages of Faridpur’s Bhanga upazila on Friday. The incident took place reportedly over a trivial matter at Chulna Bazar area around 7 pm. Quoting locals, MM Siddikur Rahman, Chairman of Alog union, said there was an argument between some men of Gulpunodi and Naora villages over taking photographs. Also Read: Man killed in lynch-mob attack in Faridpur At one point, people from six villages split into two groups over the issue, resulting in a clash that lasted nearly an hour and a half. People from Gulpunodi, Naora, Chulna, Shuadi, Chandra, and Oporpurti villages engaged in the clash with locally made arms, he said. Read More: 4 more arrested for viral assault on father, son in Faridpur The groups attacked each other and the injured are currently receiving treatment at different hospitals, he added. Md Ziarul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bhanga police station, said no complaint has been filed yet. “The situation is now under control. Additional police were deployed in the area,” he said.