100 members of the tiny minority of extremists who misunderstand Islam arrested in Bangladesh. Behold the wondrous edifice of Islam! How few of its adherents truly grasp its peaceful message! How many are those who grasp it so poorly that they think it their duty to set off bombs in its name! Oh, the complexity! Oh, the humanity! “100 suspects arrested after Bangladesh bombings,” from Rediff.com, with thanks to Nicolei:
About 100 people have been arrested for their suspected links to the unprecedented bombings in Bangladesh, which left two people dead and 140 injured, the police said on Friday.
Nine of them, including two who confessed about their involvement in Wednesday’s bombings, were being questioned by detectives in the capital Dhaka, they said.
Over 100 injured as 400 crude bombs rock Bangladesh
Sixty-three enquiry committees, which had been set up were working round-the-clock to find clues to the near simultaneous explosions of over 400 crude bombs across the country.
Police said 63 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts were hit by the bombings, the first such attack in this politically volatile south Asian country.
Police sources said that at this stage of the probe everything was being looked at and nothing, including involvement of the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, was being ruled out.
The Jamiat-ul Mujahideen, leaflets under whose name were found at the blasts site, wants the establishment of Islamic rule and has warned of serious action if its demand is not met.
The activities of Jamiat-ul Mujahideen came to light in 2002 when its ‘commander’ and eight others were arrested from Dinajpur distribting leaflets carrying Osama bin Laden’s call for ‘jihad’ as well as cassettes containing speeches of the Al Qaeda leader.
Folowing this, its alleged involvement was found in several cases of bombings, arson and murderous attacks, mostly against the Opposition Awami League, leftist organisations, cultural activists and non governmental organisations like the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Commitee that were conidered ‘un-Islamic‘ by the outfit….
Two of the arrested, who have confessed to their involvement, have told police that they would become martyrs if killed in the operation, according to the Bengali-language Daily Samakal newspaper.
They claimed they carried out the attack for the sake of Islam.