A man who tried to enter the cockpit of a Bangladeshi jet has died in a shootout with soldiers after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Soldiers stormed the plane and shot the man after he refused to give himself up. The man appeared to have a pistol and explosives around his body, said the head of Bangladesh’s civil aviation authority, Air Vice Marshal Nayeem Hasan. The suspect died before reaching the hospital.
At least 80 people have died after a massive fire engulfed apartment buildings that also housed chemical warehouses in the old city of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. Dozens of people were trapped in the buildings, unable to escape onto narrow streets clogged with traffic, as the highly-combustible stores of chemicals, body sprays and plastic granules erupted in flames. The fire ignited around 10.40pm on Wednesday night and burned until after sunrise, with heavy smoke still visible over the site early on Thursday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory, Bangladesh’s Election Commission said on Monday. The opposition has condemned the vote as “farcical,” marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims. At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between ruling party supporters and the opposition. “We urge the election commission to void this farcical result immediately,” opposition leader Kamal Hossain said.
Thousands of high school students in Bangladesh have been protesting, demanding justice and road safety measures, for five days after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. Bangladeshi authorities were forced to shut down thousands of high schools due to the demonstrations. Bangladesh’s transport system is widely perceived as corrupt and dangerous.