Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Report #34 on the Era of Peace

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Five dead in two suicide bomb attacks in Bangladesh: police

Yahoo! News

November 29, 2005

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AFP) - Five people died, including two suicide bombers, and 16 others were wounded in two attacks targeting Bangladesh's judicial system, police said, following a wave of violence linked to Islamic extremists.

"We're stepping up security around the country and seeking details (about those responsible for the blasts)," national police chief Abdul Kaiyum said on Tuesday.

Previous blasts have been linked to the hardline Islamist group Jamayetul Mujahideen, which wants to impose strict Islamic law in the Muslim-majority country of 140 million people.

All those injured were in serious condition, police said.

The first attack was in the main court in the southeastern port city of Chittagong while the second was on a bar association in Gazipur, near the capital Dhaka.

"A man came to the police stand at the court. When he saw he was going to be searched he threw one bomb and detonated another, killing himself and a police officer," Chittagong police sub-inspector Rahul Amin said.

"A second man was injured after detonating a bomb strapped to his body and seven police officers are in serious condition in hospital," he added.

Three men died in the second attack on the bar association in Gazipur. Two of the dead were believed to be lawyers while the third was a suicide bomber, police officer Kamrul Islam said.

Eight others were badly hurt, Islam told AFP.

The blasts follow the killing of two judges earlier this month and a series of small explosions on August 17 and October 3 at court and other official buildings that killed five people and injured over 100.


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