Today I was attending one seminar in Dhaka and the phones started to ring at around 11:30 AM. Keens were checking whether everyone was alright as a series of bombings were reported across the country. Some people who came in that moment were wondering why the busy streets and squares were so lean in traffic. We were hearing of some really confusing reports. But the scene looks like this as of now from reports of the private satellite TV channels:

* Around 100 bombs exploded in 58 different locations.

* The bombs appeared to be homemade and capable of causing only limited damage. Sophisticated timing device were used to synchronized these explosions across the country to cause maximum panic .

* Blasts reported in 36 of the 64 districts in synchronization between 11:00 -11:30 AM today.

* There are some wild speculations about casualties but about 120 are reported injured. So far no deaths reported. More figures to come as the situation develops.

* Key installations like government offices (even the secretariat in Dhaka), high courts, press clubs, busy squares and universities targeted.

* Leaflets of a Islamic terrorist organization Jamayetul Mujahideen were found at blast sites in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Mymensingh. The leaflet said:
It is time to implement Islamic law in Bangladesh. There is no future with with man-made law. Bush and Blair be warned and get out of Muslim countries. Your days of ruling Muslim countries are over.”

* At least 45 people were arrested from different locations across the country.

It is the total failure of this government whose security forces were overpowered by the synchronized attack in many locations showing the might they possess. The government and the political parties politicized the investigations of the previous bomb blasts and hence let the perpetrators running lose. They still don't have a clue who did it. Now the general Bangladeshis are paying for it. Its time to tackle them with a cool mind. No need to panic which they want to inflict upon us. ‘We are not afraid’ – this is the message we should send to those bastards.


  • Update:

    When around four hundred small bombs explode in 63 districts out of 64 districts of a country it shows what kind of network the attackers possess (imagine 50 states out of 51 in US). The mostly hit city was the capital Dhaka with around 30 bombs explosions including key installation like the Zia International Airport, Supreme Court, Secretariat etc.

    The casualties and injured numbers are so far incredibly much less (2 deaths and 150 hospitalized). The question may be why is that. The bombs were confirmed as small IEDs (Improvised explosive device) containing not much explosives. From the TV reports of the unexploded ones I have seen that each contained four batteries and some small devices and a switch attached to the bomb by red tape. Most probable the switch activated the delay device and it exploded sometime later allowing the carrier to leave it and flee away. The most remarkable thing of these bombs is that they contained wood saw dust instead of splinters. That is why there are fewer casualties although they were exploded at manned places. Actually many received minor wounds of saw dusts hitting the body with the power of explosion and went home after emergency medical attention. If these were loaded with more explosives and deadly splinters, we could have seen thousands of dead people.

    More at my blog.

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  • […] The terrorists who set off explosions all over Bangladesh warned the American president and the British prime minister to get out of Muslim countries and that their days of ruling over Muslim countries are over. They think that setting of explosions in an already impoverished Muslim country, terrorising innocent people, a majority of who are Muslims anyway, will strike fear in the hearts of the United States and Britain. Taken at face value, it appears that the terrorists who carried out the attacks in Bangladesh suffered from both an overblown sense of self-importance and an extremely poor understanding of international affairs. The truth is, far from scaring the West out of Muslim countries, the attacks will further bolster the international perception that Bangladesh is on the brink of state failure. […]

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