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Bangladesh security forces have killed 150 since Feb, says rights group

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Bangladesh security forces have killed 150 since Feb, says rights group

Bangladeshi security forces have killed at least 150 protesters since February, using excessive force during demonstrations against war crime trials for top Islamists, a rights group has said.

New York-based Human Rights Watch on Thursday said security forces have also injured more than 2,000 protesters during the street rallies, and in some cases had targeted individuals for 
attack.

“The killings have been worryingly high,” said Mark Dummett, co-author of the report “Blood On The Streets: The Use of Excessive Force During Bangladesh Protests.”

“In some cases protesters have been singled out,” 
Dummett said.

The report comes on the day that the High Court is set to rule on the legality of the country’s largest Islamic party, a judgement that could spark further protests.

Nationwide protests kicked off in February, led by the Jamaat-e-Islami Islamic party over sentencing of its leaders for war crimes, sparking battles with security forces and the deadliest political violence since 
independence.

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