Vol. 12, No. 3,009 - The American Reporter - October 19, 2006

Reporting: Dhaka

by Syful Islam
American Reporter Correspondent
Dhaka, Bangladesh

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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.

  • The first was a bomb blast at an Udichi function. Udichi is a nationwide cultural organization that stresses music and drama in progressive politics. The blast at Jessore killed 10 and injured about 100 on March 6, 1999. The incident shocked a nation where most people could hardly imagine such a deadly attack at a cultural function.

  • Veteran left-leaning political leader Kazi Aref, along with seven other

    leaders of the leftist Jatiyo Samajtrantik Dal, were killed in another bomb attack at a political rally in a village in Kushtia several months later.

  • A bomb exploded at the Ahmedia Mosque in Khulna on October 8 the same year, claiming the lives of eight worshippers and wounding 30 others.
  • Seven persons were killed and 50 others injured in a bomb attack at a Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) rally at Paltan Maidan on January 20, 2001.
  • A bomb attack on a Pahela Baishakh (Bangladesh's new year's day) gathering at Botomul on April 14, 2001, killed 10 and injures 50 people.
  • Less than two months later, on June 3, 10 persons were killed when a church was bombed at Baniarchor in Gopalganj.
  • A total of 22 persons are killed when a bomb explodes at an Awami League office in Narayanganj on 16 June the same year.
  • An Awami League public meeting at Mollahat in Bagerhat came under bomb attack on September 23 the same year killing 8 persons are killed injuring more than 100 others.
  • In another bomb attack near an Awami League public meeting in Sunamganj on September 26, 2001 killed 4 persons.
  • A series of bomb blasts at the Roxy cinema hall and inside a Circus tent at Satkhira killed 3 persons and wounded more than 100 people on September 28, 2002.
  • Bomb blasts in four cinema halls in Mymensingh killed 27 and wounded more than 200 on December 6, 2002.
  • A bomb blast at a fair in Tangail on January 17, 2003 killed 7 and injures 20 others.
  • One police sergeant was murdered when unidentified assailants threw a bomb targeting him in Khulna on March1, 2003.
  • In another bomb attack two police constables were killed on March 11, 2003.
  • An Awami League leader is killed in a bomb attack in the same city on September 6, 2003. A BNP worker was killed in a similar attack there in the same year.
  • Journalist Manik Saha, Khulna correspondent for the Bangla daily Sangbad and a former stringer for BBC was killed in a bomb blast on January 15, 2004, allegedly by outlaws.
  • A total of 12 persons were killed and 30 others injured in a bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal in Sylhet on January 12, 2004.
  • British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury and several others were injured in yet another bomb attach at the shrine of Hazrat Shjahjalal (RA) on May 21 this year.
  • Bombs were thrown on three cinema halls in Sylhet on August 5, killing one and injuring six others.
  • Two days later one AL worker was killed and 30 others were injured when a grenade was hurled near the Gulshan Hotel in Sylhet on August 7.

Records show that no person involved in these crimes has been brought to justice so far.

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