World Bulletin / News Desk
Just hours before Sunday's voting in Bangladesh's controversial general election begins, assailants and opposition activists torched a large number of polling stations, snatching ballot papers and election material across Bangladesh.
The country's Election Commission has expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation, meanwhile elections in at least five polling stations have been suspended after ballot papers and election material have been snatched and torched Saturday night across the country.
An assistant presiding officer of a polling station has been killed by unidentified assailants in the northern district of Thakurgaon.
The victim was identified as ABM Zobaidul Islam (45). Five police officials were also injured in the attack. Sources said assailants attacked the local polling station and beaten Zobaidul to death.
"We, along with the voters of the country, are worried over the destruction at different polling stations," said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Saturday.
Scores of polling stations set up at public schools, colleges and religious schools were torched in more than half of the districts across Bangladesh on Friday night and Saturday.
Assailants attacked three police officers and set fire to a polling station in the western district of Jhenaidah at around 10.30pm Saturday. A local police officer said that some 50-60 activists from an 18-party opposition alliance attacked the polling station and detonated 15-20 hand bombs.
Arson attacks were reported on polling stations in nearly 40 other districts across the country.