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Last Updated: Friday, 2 December 2005, 17:21 GMT
Grenade 'aimed at Sylhet mayor'
The mayor of Sylhet in northern Bangladesh narrowly escaped an attempt on his life when a grenade failed to explode, reports say.

Police said the grenade was thrown at the mayor, Badruddin Ahmed Karman, just after he inaugurated a local badminton tournament on Friday evening.

Mr Kamran, a senior figure in the opposition Awami League, was taken to a safe place.

He later told the BBC that it was an attempt to kill him.

Hundreds of protestors took to the streets, changing anti-government slogans.

In August 2004 Mr Kamran escaped a similar attack which killed one local opposition politician.

In May 2004, the British High Commissioner to Dhaka, Anwar Chowdhury was also the target of a grenade attack in Sylhet town.

He was injured, but later recovered.


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