Bangladeshis vote amid tight security

Security tightened around Bangladeshi's capital Dhaka on Sunday as voting goes into full swing in the country's 11th general election.

Reuters reporters across the country of 165 million people saw sparse turnout at polling booths in the first fully competitive general election in a decade widely expected to be won by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, giving her a third straight term in office.

Clashes were also reported in the southeast of the Muslim-majority country between supporters of the ruling party and its opponents, killing two people and wounded nearly a dozen, government official and police said.

Mobile internet was blocked and the streets of the capital were largely deserted as many had left to vote in their home towns. Others were seen trickling into polling booths, where posters bearing the ruling Awami League’s “boat” symbol far outnumbered those of the opposition.

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