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Bangladesh stock market fall: Clashes hit Dhaka

10 January 2011 Last updated at 21:21 GMT

Bangladeshi police have used tear gas and water cannon against angry investors after the stock market incurred huge losses.

Trading on the Dhaka Stock Exchange index was halted after it fell by 660 points, or 9.25%, in less than an hour.

It was the biggest one-day fall in its 55-year history.

It is estimated that over three million people - many of them small-scale individual investors - have lost money because of the plunging share prices.

Anbarasan Ethirajan reports