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Sunday, 7 December, 1997, 17:45 GMT
Many injured during strike over Bangladesh peace accord

Officials in Bangladesh say more than a-hundred people have been injured in clashes between rival political activists during a general strike.

The strikewas called by the opposition to protest at a peace accord, signed last week, between the government and tribal rebels in the Chittagong Hill Tracts In the capital Dhaka, police used tear gas after rival groups threw home-made bombs.

In the districts of Khagrachari and Rangamati in the Chittagong Hill tracts, tribespeople clashed with non-tribal settlers many of whom believe they have been betrayed by the treaty.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party says the peace accord violates the constitution.

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