Appalling images of violence are emerging as activists clash in Bangladesh polls protest... http://t.co/84Lbs6dUxa
1. More than 100 polling stations were torched in the violence.
A soldier holds his weapon while patrolling a street near a polling centre during parliamentary elections in Dhaka, January 5, 2014.
2. Activists have staged attacks, strikes and blockades amid unrest that has left nearly 300 dead since last year.
4. Police opened fire to stop protesters from seizing a polling centre in Bangladesh’s northern Rangpur district, killing two people, authorities said. Two more died in a similar incident in Nilphamari district.
5. The ruling Awami League and Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister, are poised to win.
6. The European Union, the United States and the British Commonwealth did not send observers for what they considered a flawed election.
Bangladeshi policemen check Muslim devotees during an ongoing blockade called by the opposition parties as a disabled man arrives to offer Friday prayers at the National Mosque in Dhaka, January 3, 2014.
7. Syed Abu Sayem, police chief of the northern Bogra district, told AFP news agency:
We’ve seen thousands of protesters attack polling booths and our personnel at a number of locations with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs. The situation is extremely volatile.