Bus crash kills 11 opposition activists in Bangladesh

Dhaka: Eleven activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party were killed and 35 others were injured Saturday as a bus carrying them collided head on with a truck in southwestern Khulna.

The bus was carrying BNP workers to Khulna from western Narail district for a party rally due to be addressed by opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia later Sunday.

"Nine people were killed instantly while the other two succumbed to their wounds while being rushed to a hospital," police official reached here by phone told a news agency.

Television channels said at least three of the injured opposition activists were struggling for life with critical injuries at Khulna Medical College Hospital.