DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladesh has ordered long-distance buses off the roads at night after two petrol bomb attacks killed 16 people in a worsening outbreak of political unrest in the country.
The attacks were the deadliest to hit the country since the latest outbreak of violence began in early January, and have shocked the country.
Junior home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said transport operators had agreed to keep buses off the roads after 9pm, although other vehicles would still run.
“No night coaches will operate until further notice,” he told reporters.
Millions of long-distance travellers rely on Bangladesh’s buses, whose operators have suffered mounting losses since the opposition called a nationwide transport blockade aimed at toppling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.