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Nine persons killed in street violence across the country during the week: At least seven people were killed in street violence across the country on October 25. Several hundred people were also injured in violence as the opposition and the ruling alliance tried to hold rallies at same places or tried to violate bans on gathering that had been ordered by way of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

One person was killed and 116 others injured when scores of crude bombs exploded in at least 50 places including the houses of a Supreme Court judge, law minister, environment minister and chief election commissioner, and the offices of a Police high-up, a Police station, and Ekattor TV in Dhaka city on October 26. 71 people were arrested from different areas of the city.

In Rajshahi District, Rashedul Islam (30), treasurer of Motihar unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), was killed, and over 30 people including seven Policemen and a ward councillor were injured as Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), JeI and ICS cadres clashed with Police and hurled around 15 homemade bombs in Rajshahi city on October 26. Daily Star; New Age, October 21-28, 2013.

BNP will stop war crimes trial if voted to power, warns Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on October 10 seeking vote for the Awami League in the next election said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stop war crimes trial if voted to power. "I seek vote for the Awami League….we've initiated the trial of the war criminals and the trial will continue and Insha-Allah, we'll complete the trial. If the BNP-Jamaat [JeI] returns to power they will stop the trial of the war criminals," she said. Daily Star, October 11, 2013.

ICT-2 awards former BNP minister Abdul Alim 'imprisonment until death' for War Crimes: International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on October 9 sentenced former Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) minister Abdul Alim (83) to 'imprisonment until death'. The prosecution was able to prove nine of the 17 charges brought against Alim, who was a member of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's cabinet.

Meanwhile, ICT-1 on October 9 indicted vice-president of Nagarkanda unit in Faridpur District of BNP M.A. Zahid Hossain Khokon (70) alias Khokon Razakar on 11 charges, including genocide, torture, abduction and confinement during the Liberation War. Daily Star, October 9-10, 2013.

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