21 BOMBINGS IN BANGLADESH, BUT STILL NO SUSPECTS
by Syful Islam
American Reporter Correspondent
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Aug. 25, 2004 -- This beleaguered is now unsafe for local people and foreigners. A six-year series of bombings have left hundreds dead, and police apparently no closer now than six years ago to catching the terrorists who have struck fear into the very heart of this young democracy.
The last of the series was a grenade attack on August 21 in front of the office of the main opposition party, the Awami League, that killed 19 peoples and injured more than 100.
The apparent target of the attack was Sheikh Hasina, the Awami League president and leader of the Opposition in parliament.
The series of bomb attacks has created a panic among educated Bangladeshis and injured a number of journalists, as well as people from many other professions. Many who are able to leave Bangladesh are thinking it is time to do so to safeguard their families' lives and property.
According to official statistics, nearly 158 peoples were killed and 1000 hurt in bomb blasts since 1999 in the country. A total of 21 bombings have occurred in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country during the last six years.
Such attacks started in earnest in 1999.
Records show that no person involved in these crimes has been brought to justice so far.