DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police say a small homemade bomb exploded outside a hotel in the Bangladesh capital where visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is staying.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee pictured after his election win last year. Pic: AP.

Local police official Biplab Sarker said Pranab was not in the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel when Monday’s explosion happened. He said no one was hurt.

The explosion comes amid a nationwide general strike called by the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which is protesting trials of its leaders for allegedly committing crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war.

Rioting has swept Bangladesh since Thursday when a war crimes tribunal convicted and sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a Jamaat leader, to death for committing atrocities during the war.

At least 58 people have died in clashes between police and protesters since Thursday.

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