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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  June, 2005  Ahmadiyya area in B’baria …
Ahmadiyya area in B’baria bombed, mosque torched

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 383Sat. June 25, 2005

Front Page

Ahmadiyya area in B’baria bombed, mosque torched

Our Correspondent, B’baria

Zealots yesterday exploded about two dozen bombs in Ahmadiyya-inhabited area in Brahmanbaria town and set fire to an Ahmadiyya mosque in the area.

Police and locals said another Ahmadiyya mosque in the area was also bombed at the same time.

Local Ahmadiyyas said police recovered three time bombs and about 25 home made bombs, but police said they recovered only three home made bombs.

Two members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat—Bashir Ahmed Mithu, 25, and Ayesha Begum, 40,—sustained injuries while they were running for cover. They were treated at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital.

Police failed to arrest anyone involved in the yesterday’s attacks. A series of attacks on Ahmadiyyas took place across the country, aiming at forcing the government to brand the minority Muslim sect as non-Muslim.

About 10-15 bombs went off at East Kandipara in Brahmanbaria town at around 3:00am, minutes after the zealots set the mosque afire.

According to Ahmadiyyas, they saw fire burning one of the fences of their prayer house, rushed there and extinguished the blaze before arrival of the police and fire fighters.

They said 15 to 20 cocktails were exploded at different points of the road in Kandipara area after deployment of police.

Ahmadiyyas claimed 8-10 home made bombs were thrown on a mosque at Bhadughar in the same area at the same time.

When contacted, the officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station said: “We have recovered three cocktails from the spot.”

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