Islamist Terrorists Bomb Bangladesh Cities, Killing Nine

Islamist terrorists in Bangladesh set off suicide mobs in two cities, trying to disrupt trials of hundreds of their comrades.

Bombs in two Bangladesh cities kill nine (Reuters)

Nine people were killed and 65 wounded by suspected suicide bombings in two Bangladesh cities on Tuesday, apparently the latest in a wave of attacks by militants fighting to turn the country into a sharia-based Islamic state. Police said three people, including two of their colleagues, were killed and 15 wounded by blasts at a checkpoint outside a court building in the port city of Chittagong. They said the third person who died was believed to be the bomber. Another blast, in a court complex in Gazipur — 30 km (20 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka — killed six people and wounded nearly 50, police said. Local hospital sources said the wounded included lawyers.

Lawyers said the militants were apparently trying to scare legal professionals before courts began trials of hundreds of detained Islamists for suspected involvement in recent blasts. “The bombers apparently turned more violent as we set up checkposts trying to reinforce security at court premises,” said Majedul Huq, police commissioner in Chittagong. He said the blasts were probably the work of suicide bombers, who had explosives strapped to their bodies or hidden in bags.

Bangladesh has been hit this year by a wave of bombings blamed on militants demanding Islamic law in the mainly Muslim democracy.

Of course, this is only happening because Bush lied about WMD in Iraq.

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Comments

  1. Eric J says:

    I thought it was the fault of the Jews.

  2. LJD says:

    “Islamist terrorists in Bangladesh set off suicide mobs…”

    If only this were the case. With the Islamofascists killing more of themselves, the problem would quickly resolve itself.

    “Of course, this is only happening because Bush lied about WMD in Iraq.”

    Not U.S. Imperialism?

  3. Mark says:

    And I thought it was because someone flushed a Koran down the toilet…