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2005-11-16 05:02:31

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh are hunting about 2,000 potential suicide bombers from three banned militant groups demanding the introduction of Islamic law in the mainly Muslim democracy, a senior officer said on Wednesday. He said many of the militants had trained in Afghanistan under the Taliban and might be preparing more attacks after two judges were killed in a bomb blast this week. "They have assembled in the country to destabilize democracy," said the police officer,...

2005-11-14 03:48:51

DHAKA (Reuters) - Two Bangladeshi judges were killed on Monday when a man threw a bomb at their car, police said. The judges were on their way to the Jhalakathi district court, 250 km (155 miles) south of Dhaka, when the attack took place, a police officer said. One was killed instantly, and the other died on the way to hospital. Police said a young man had been arrested at the blast site. Police also found a crude unexploded bomb at the roadside. The blast ripped off the roof of...

2005-11-11 20:18:44

By Raju Gopalakrishnan DHAKA (Reuters) - Authorities in Bangladesh's capital are spending considerable money and effort to ensure that this weekend's summit of South Asian leaders goes off well, but many in the teeming city say they are being made poorer. Dhaka hosts the leaders of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bhutan on Saturday and Sunday at a summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that has already been twice postponed. Worried...

2005-11-09 19:56:41

By Y.P. Rajesh DHAKA (Reuters) - Leaders of South Asia, home to nearly one-fifth of humanity, gather in Bangladesh this weekend for a twice-postponed summit to push long-standing goals to reduce poverty, boost trade and fight terrorism. But 20 years after the grouping was born, old rivalries and internal conflicts are still blocking any meaningful progress. India, which has about 70 percent of the region's people, wealth and land, has had differences at one time or another with...

2005-11-07 09:25:23

DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 70 people were missing after a ferry capsized in the Bay of Bengal on Monday while sailing to Chittagong port in Bangladesh from a nearby island, police said. One child was found dead but rescuers pulled out about 80 other passengers alive after M.V. Madina went down with around 150 people on board, police officials said. Police and rescuers earlier said the ferry was carrying more than 200 people. Police described the sunken vessel as a large cargo boat...

2005-10-19 03:41:02

DHAKA (Reuters) - A trial court judge in northeastern Bangladesh was wounded in a bomb attack by a suspected Islamic militant, police said on Wednesday. The attack on Tuesday came a day after police charged two top Islamist militant leaders for masterminding serial bombings in the country over past two months. District Judge Biplab Goshwamy was hurt when the homemade bomb exploded as he just got out of a car in front of his house in the city if Sylhet, 300 km (190 miles) from the...

2005-10-10 10:47:48

DHAKA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia on Monday called those behind recent bombings in Bangladesh "enemies of democracy and Islam" and pledged to punish them for trying to destabilize the country. In a televised speech to the nation, her first since the country was rocked by serial bombings on August 17, Khaleda called upon her political rivals to join her in defeating the militants. "The perpetrators of the bomb attacks have been identified and they are being hunted,"...

2005-09-11 04:05:17

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh police stepped up the hunt for Islamic and other militants on Sunday as they moved to reinforce security in the capital after seizing a huge stockpile of bombs and explosive materials three days ago. Black-robed members of the police elite Rapid Action Battalion and plainclothed intelligence officers fanned out across the city of 10 million people and its suburbs, trying to find those who brought in the explosives, a police officer said. Police said they...

2005-09-07 07:59:35

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh police raided hotels, conducted random checks of people on the street and detained about 25 people across the country to try to thwart more attacks after a wave of bombings, officials said on Wednesday. More than 500 bombs went off across the country on August 17, killing two people and wounding about 100, in a coordinated attack blamed on a banned Islamic party. U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Dhaka, Judith A. Chammas, met Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan on...

2005-08-20 11:06:17

DHAKA (Reuters) - Scores of Bangladeshis were injured on Saturday as protesters stormed police barricades during a general strike called after hundreds of bomb attacks ripped through the country earlier in the week. The opposition called the one-day strike, accusing the government of being soft on Islamic militants, who officials say carried out 434 bomb attacks across Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 100. Clashes broke out in the capital, Dhaka, and several...


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