Four killed in Bangladesh over Facebook post

DHAKA, Oct 20 — At least four people were killed and about 50 injured today in clashes with police in Bangladesh over a Facebook post that offended Muslims, officials said.

The clashes in the southern district of Bhola, 195 km from the capital Dhaka, broke out when angry crowds protested against a Facebook post in which a Hindu reportedly made derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad

Police said the Facebook had actually been hacked and all the hackers had been detained.

“We fired blank shots in self-defence when some people started throwing stones at our officers forcing us to take shelter in a building,” said Sarkar Mohammad Kaisar, Superintendent of Police in Bhola.

Four people were killed and a policeman suffered bullet wounds during the clash, he said. Border guards and additional police have been sent to Bhola. — Reuters

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