Violent protests in Bangladesh left two dead on Friday after the Jamaat-e-Islami party leader was hanged for war crimes committed during the 1971 conflict with Pakistan.

Two supporters of the ruling party were hacked to death in the southern district of Satkhira by Jamaat activists, whose assistant secretary-general Abdul Kader Mullah was hanged on Thursday, police officer Shah Dara khan said.

Mullah’s supporters also torched homes of members of the ruling Awami League party and of Hindu communities in the area, he said.

Protesters blocked highways and set fire to more than 100 vehicles.

Mullah was the first to be hanged of seven opposition leaders sentenced to death by a special tribunal investigating the war crimes.

He was originally handed a life sentence by the tribunal in February, but the country’s Supreme Court commuted the sentence to death after a prosecution appeal.

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