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Series of Synchronized bomb blasts shakes Bangladesh

Wednesday August 17 2005 16:49:53 PM BDT

Dhaka , Bangladesh - Around 100 bombs exploded almost simultaneously in cities around Bangladesh on Wednesday morning, between 11:00am to 11:30am .Bangladesh private satellite TV reported that at least 120 people were injured across the country in and around 58 different locations , some of the injured were in critical conditions , but no fatalities was reported .

In Dhaka and other major cities , police were deployed at major intersections after the explosions, and were checking vehicles and pedestrians for bombs. At least 45 people were arrested from different locations across the country according to satellite TV report

Police officials said the bombs appeared to be homemade and capable of causing only limited damage, however the instigators may have used sophisticated timing device to synchronized these explosions across the country to cause maximum panic .

"There are bomb blasts all over the country. We have reports of some injuries but no fatalities yet," said Abdul Kaiyum, Bangladesh's Inspector General of Police

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, which hurt at least 120 people at 58 different locations , but leaflets from a banned Islamic group, the Jumatul Mujahedin, were found at the scene of some of the explosions in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Mymensingh, the Bangladeshi media reported. The group wants to establish an Islamic state in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh- as stated in their leaflets.

Mazeedul Haq, Chittagong's police commissioner, said a group calling itself Jamayetul Mujahideen had signed leaflets reading: "It is time to implement Islamic law in Bangladesh. There is no future with with man-made law."

A police official in Barisal said leaflets had been found there reading: "Bush and Blair be warned and get out of Muslim countries. Your days of ruling Muslim countries are over . However no independent verification could be made of these claims .

It's an organized attack,” Lufuzzaman Babar, a top official in the home ministry, told the local TV station ATN Bangla. “It's not a simple incident.”

The blasts took place mainly at government offices, press clubs courts and busy city squares in at least eight cities and districts, police and Bangladeshi media reported.

In Dhaka, about a dozen of the bombs exploded near the airport, Kalachnapur near the US embassy , at high court & judge court buildings and in Farm gate square .

In addition to Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong, police reported several explosions in Barisal , Bhola, Brahmanbaria , Satkhira , Natore Rajshahi, Narayangonj , Joypurhat Kissorgonj , Tangail, Narail , Khulna and Cox Bazar .

Special Police units and paramilitary units are deployed in strategic locations in all the major cities across the country . Crime units of the police dept are still investigating and has made no public statement as to who might be behind these carnage

Major bomb blasts in public places that have killed at least 148 people since March 1999 still remain unsolved mysteries and the deadly killer-sport is recurring with surprising regularity .

In recent years Bangladesh has to endure several fatal bomb explosions , which killed the former finance minister Shah M S Kibria and in another carnage the former Prime ministers Sheikh Hasina herself was injured . Non of these bomb explosions case has been resolved to this day despite serious effort by the govt, even with help of US FBI and Interpol . This has created a serious concern for the common people of Bangladesh

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