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Blasts, torching of vehicles mark start of opposition strike in Bangladesh

Opposition activists have exploded homemade bombs and set fire to at least 10 vehicles in Bangladesh's capital as the opposition began enforcing a general strike to demand that the government quit so upcoming elections can be held under a caretaker government.

Officials said Monday that security has been heightened across Dhaka amid escalating tensions in the run-up to the election, which is due by early next year. No injuries were reported.

The 60-hour strike that began on Monday morning came after at least 16 people died last week in similar strike.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants to hold the elections under an all-party caretaker government, but the opposition says they want a government with people from outside political parties.