Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Dozens of small bombs kill 2, injure dozens

August 18, 2005

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— More than 100 homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded nearly simultaneously across Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing two people, including a young boy, and wounding at least 125.

About 50 people were arrested, a state-run news agency reported. There was no claim of responsibility, but leaflets from a banned group seeking the imposition of Islamic law were found at many scenes.

Police said the bombs apparently were designed to cause limited damage. The blasts killed a bicycle rickshaw driver in the northern town of Chapainawabganj and a 10-year-old boy in the central town of Savar.

The explosions caused panic and massive traffic jams in a number of cities, as people fled for safety and rushed to schools to bring their children home.

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