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Father Kills Son In Argument Over Gulf War

January 21, 1991

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) _ A Muslim man hacked his son to death because the young man believed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein cannot win the war against allied forces, police said Sunday.

Siraj Mia, 50, fled after killing his son, Mohammad Hanif, on Friday with a cleaver used to cut bamboo, a police official said.

He said the dispute started when the two men were listening to a war report on the radio in their house in a village 30 miles south of Chittagong.

The argument became heated when Siraj said Iraq was sure to win and Hanif, a pro-U.S. graduate student, argued that was impossible, according to the police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A wave of anti-U.S. protest has swept Bangladesh since the war in the Persian Gulf started. The country’s 110 million people are predominantly Muslim.

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