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DHAKA — Explosions of homemade bombs were reported in Bangladesh’s capital Tuesday as opposition activists enforcing a daylong general strike rioted and clashed with police.

It was not immediately known if anyone was injured in the violence.

A coalition of 18 opposition parties was enforcing the strike to demand that a caretaker government be formed before the next national elections due in 2014.

A key coalition partner also wants its leaders facing charges of crimes against humanity to be freed from jail.

Schools and businesses were closed in Dhaka and other major cities, and transportation was largely disrupted across Bangladesh, a parliamentary democracy that has a history of political violence.

The U.S. on Tuesday urged the two main political parties to hold a dialogue to find a solution to the impasse.

From wire dispatches and staff reports