May 1, 2007

And they are here, once again..

They are back. Back together. This time their entry point was three important rail stations of the country, Komlapur rail station of dhaka, new rail station at Chittagong and Kodomtoli rail station in Sylhet. Guess who?

Yes the bombers. Today morning three bombs were blasted in three rail stations around the ticket corner area. Hopefully no one died and one rickshaw puller was found injured in Chittagong.

Aluminum plates inscribed with militant slogans purported to be from an al-Qaeda network, Zadid Al Qaeda, Bangladesh, were found at the bomb sites. The aluminum plate found near the scene bore a message inscribed on it: all must quit NGO jobs by May 10, all 'Kadianis' must recognise Prophet Muhammad (SM) or face death.

The aluminum plate found in the blast area.

Many Bangladeshis were travelling out of Dhaka taking advantage of a two-day public holiday for May Day and a Buddhist religious festival on Wednesday. Since friday and saturday are weekly holidays, if you take leave on thursday you'll make it a five day holiday. But now people are afraid of making a move.

Intelligence groups last month alerted the government that Islamist militants were regrouping after the execution of the militant leaders of the outlawed Islamist group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, who carried out a series of bomb blasts across Bangladesh (in 61 districts out of 64) on August 17, 2005, killing three people and injuring more than 100. In more attacks through the rest of 2005, the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and another outlawed group, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, killed nearly 30 more people and wounded 150, including judges, lawyers, police and officials. Six leaders from the two groups were executed on March 30 for their role in the blasts.

Securities have increased in all important areas of the country. Law and order advisory chairman Mainul Hosein said the bomb blasts were "nothing serious" which sounded like what political parties used to say during their reign. He also added that someone might do this to show this government a failure. Sounds familiar, huh? Funny enough, today was the first day of "Bangladesh Railway Service week". Nice service I should say.