BANGLADESH Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged students Sunday to go home as police fired tear gas at teenage protesters during an eight day of unprecedented demonstrations over road safety which have paralyzed parts of Dhaka.

Students in their tens of thousands  have brought parts of the capital to a standstill since two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus,

The unrest quickly spread beyond the  capital and authorities have shut down mobile internet services across swathes of the country, officials and local media said.

On Saturday the protests took a very violent turn in Dhaka's Jigatala neighbourhood, with more than 100 people injured as police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators.

A car carrying US ambassador Marcia Bernicat was also attacked by ''armed men'' but she escaped unscathed, the embassy said.

The violence continued Sunday with police firing tear gas into a large crowd marching towards an office of the ruling Awami League party, an AFP correspondent said.

Dozens of protesters were attacked by people alleged to be ruling party activists, some armed with machetes in Dhaka's Dhanmandi neighborhood.

Twelve were treated at Dhaka Medical Colleague Hospital, police inspector Bacchu Mia told AFP.

A photographer for an international news organization was among those beaten.

The United Nations said it was worried for the safety  of the children and young people caught up in the  protests.

''We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence and call on all for calm,'' the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo said.

''The concerns expressed by youth about road safety are legitimate and a solution is needed for a mega city like Dhaka,'' she said in a statement. [Agencies].


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