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Terrorists Use dude's moped for their bombing

Postby Micronaut » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:08 pm

In the USA we might have a few 'moped-jackings' but thankfully the terrorists using "moped-as-bomb" thing hasn't caught on. Probably because they're everywhere overseas-this sucks even worse because it went off when he was getting back on the bike or something. what a crummy day-WB

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=12496

Four journalists injured, two seriously, in bomb attack on Khulna Press Club

Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage after four journalists were wounded, two very seriously, in a bomb attack against a press club in Khulna, western Bangladesh.


Two of the journalists are critically ill in hospital. No group has admitted responsibility for the 5 February bombing.

The worldwide press freedom organisation called on interior minister Lutfozzaman Babor to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice and to protect journalists.

The bomb went off at 9.30pm as the journalists were leaving the building. It had been placed in a bag and left on a moped belonging to Sheikh Belaluddin Ahmed, of the daily Sangram. It detonated as he approached the machine.

Ahmed was very seriously injured and taken to Khulna hospital where his left hand and two fingers from his right hand had to be amputated. He also suffered a serious injury to his left eye and needed a major blood transfusion.

He was moved to intensive care at a Dhaka hospital the following day and put on a ventilator. Doctors described his condition as "critical".

The other three casualties were : press club chairman Sheikh Abu Hasan, of the daily Prothom Alo, photographer for the daily Jugantor, Sheikh Jahid Hossain and Tutul Ahmed, reporter on the daily Loksomaj published in Jessore, in the southwest. All three journalists were treated in a Khulna clinic. Sheikh Jahid Hossain is still seriously ill. The other two have been discharged from the clinic.

The Khulna Press Club

The force of the explosion blew out several windows and destroyed some of the club fixtures. It took firefighters around 20 minutes to bring the blaze triggered by the bomb under control.

Police in Khulna, who suspect armed Maoists are to blame, said the bomb was probably detonated by remote control. Two suspects, Hoby Sheikh and Khokon, have been arrested for questioning.

In its letter to the interior minister, Reporters Without Borders said, "Your government is currently stepping up security for around 50 key figures, following a series of bombings. We urge you not to forget the Khulna region, where journalists are constantly the targets of extreme violence."

Since the murder, on 27 June 2004, of journalist Humayun Kabir Balu, a police patrol had been assigned to the Khulna press club. The new police superintendent, who visited the club on 29 January, promised to protect journalists there every day until 10pm. However on the evening of the bombing, not a single police officer was present.

The Daily Star reported that 250 officers had been deployed to protect the press club and the offices of local newspapers.

Khulna journalists held a protest march in reaction to the bombing on 6 February and ordered a news blackout. No local newspapers appeared on that day.

One month before the press club bombing, Dip Azad, of the national daily Jugantor in Khulna, had a narrow escape when a home-made bomb was thrown at him but failed to detonate. From Dhaka, he told Reporters Without Borders, "It is no longer possible to work in Khulna. Several journalists are considering giving up journalism under pressure from their families."

Three journalists were murdered in this region in 2004.
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