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4 die in clash in Bangladesh.

DHAKA, Aug. 16 Kyodo

Four people were killed and about 50 injured Thursday when students of an Islamic religious school clashed with local residents and police over a blockaded mosque in the capital Dhaka, police and witnesses said.

Three of the four killed were students of the school, Malibagh Jamia Sharia Qawmi Madrasha, while the fourth, a man in his mid-40s, has not been identified. Most of the injured, five of whom were listed in critical condition, are also seminary students.

The clash reportedly erupted as police tried to stop the students from forcing their way into the mosque, to which residents had closed access by building a wall.

The dispute over the mosque, located in the compound of the Telephone and Telegraph Board Colony, began a few years ago, as some local residents opposed construction of the mosque on government land.
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Date:Aug 19, 2002
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