10 killed in BD suicide attacks

Published November 30, 2005

DHAKA, Nov 29: Ten people, including a lawyer, were killed and about 100 others wounded in three bomb attacks in two districts of Bangladesh on Tuesday. The attacks are believed to have been carried out by suicide squad of a banned religious organization.

The death toll may increase as many of the injured were stated to be in critical condition.

As the news of the blasts spread across the country, activities in courts of law grinded to a halt with both judges and lawyers staying off the courtrooms.

The Supreme Court Bar Association convened an emergency meeting in the afternoon and called a countrywide strike on Thursday to protest against the attacks. The lawyers will hold a mourning programme on Wednesday.

The blasts marked the third attack on courts of law by Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh since Oct 3 when three people were killed and more than 20 injured in Chittagong, Chandpur and Lakshmipur.

Tuesday’s blasts in Gazipur and Chittagong blew off pieces of human flesh more than 20 feet away from the sites of occurrence. In both cases, fire and thick plumes of smoke followed the explosions.

In Gazipur, three people, including the suspected bomber, were killed and 70 others wounded. In Chittagong, a police constable and a suspected bomber were killed and another 30, including 13 policemen, wounded.

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