Bangladesh jihad escalating. From AFP, :
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AFP) – Ten people were killed and 21 badly injured in what police said were Bangladesh’s first suicide bombings and the latest in a string of attacks by Islamic extremists.
The government and police accused the hardline Jamayetul Mujahideen, which wants to introduce strict Islamic law in the Muslim-majority democracy, of staging the attacks targeting the legal system.
“Jamayetul Mujahideen is using Islam’s name to kill people. The government has taken a hard stand and will now take an even harder stand,” Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said during a visit to the south.
“This is the first suicide attack in Bangladesh,” national police chief Abdul Kaiyum said after the blasts in the southeastern port city of Chittagong and in Gazipur near the capital Dhaka.
“These were powerful homemade bombs. It seems Jamayetul Mujahideen have stepped up their attacks after we arrested many of their members.”