7 dead and some others have been shot in election related attack in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (File Photo: IANS)

Police say at least seven people were killed and 15 others wounded by gunmen who opened fire on two cars returning from a polling station with ballot boxes in southeastern Bangladesh.

Local police official Manjurul Alam said early Tuesday that the attack took place on Monday evening when the polling and security officials were returning from the polling station at Baghaichhari in Rangamati district, an area once hit by tribal insurgency.

He said military helicopters carried 11 critically injured people to a military hospital.

Voting was held in Rangamati to elect local government officials, but some candidates boycotted, citing irregularities. It was not clear who were behind the attacks. Several armed tribal groups are active.