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Bangladesh executes Islamist opposition leader for war crimes

Dhaka: Bangladesh executed Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah on Thursday for war crimes committed in 1971, a government official said, in a move likely to ignite violent protests less than a month before elections are due to be held.

Mollah, who was hanged at Dhaka Central Jail, was assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which is barred from contesting elections but plays a key role in the opposition movement led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

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