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Bomb blast hits CHT

Like other parts of the country, bombs exploded in three hill districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts on 17 August 2005 during 11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. 5 bombs exploded in Rangamati, 4 in Khagrachari and 5 in Bandarban.

In Rangamati, one bomb at dustbin of Banarupa, one in front of Happy Hotel of Banarupa, one in front Press Club, one at auto-rickshaw stand of Reserve Bazar and one at College Gate area blasted. Besides, two un-blasted bombs were recovered from Banarupa and nearby area of Press Club. One Bengali boy was injured at auto-rickshaw stand of Reserve Bazar.

In Khagrachari, one bomb at Mukta Mancha of Shapla Chattar, one outside of court-room of DC office, two inside premises of district court (one at Krishnachura tree and one at inside) blasted. Four persons, two at DC office and two at district court, were injured. Among them, one was Chakma elder and three were Bengali including one woman.

In Bandarban, one bomb in front of Bandarban police station, one at staircase of DC office, one at chamber of Lawyer Association, one at Traffic Point and one in front of Bazar Masque blasted. Two including 12-year old girl were injured.

Three persons were arrested in Khagrachari in connection with bomb blast. Police first arrested Abdul Munnaf. As per confession of Munnaf, Abul Hasem from Matiranga and Moulabi Noman from Guimara were arrested later. They were sent to Dhaka for JIC interrogation.

It is mentionable that on 17 August 2005 terror struck the country not seen at this scale since its independence with explosions of nearly 459 small homemade bombs – commonly known as improvised explosive detonations (IED) – that exploded in a meticulously synchronised manner in all but one of the nation’s 63 of 64 districts including the capital city, between 11.00 am and 11.30 am, leaving at least two killed and nearly 200 injured.

The serial bomb blasts targeted the Dhaka’s key locations like the Zia International Airport, courts, government offices, National Press Club and the heavily guarded diplomatic enclave that instantly spread panic resulting in disruption of normal life in the capital as elsewhere in the country.

Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, the banned militant group, claimed responsibility for the blasts through leaflets that left the countrymen in shock.

Source: PCJSS

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