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An unprecedented series of simultaneous bomb blasts in Bangladesh is a “clear indication of a growing Islamic fundamentalism in our country,” according to a Bangladeshi church leader. The bombs killed two people and injured about 100 two weeks ago. “It’s unbelievable that 63 of our 64 districts witnessed explosions without police and intelligence officials having a single clue,” said Augustine Dipak Karmakar, general secretary of the Church of Bangladesh . Speaking to Anto Akkara for Ecumenical News International during a visit to New Delhi for a South Asian church meeting, Karmakar said the bomb blasts showed that the fundamentalists “are getting stronger and stronger.” Hundreds of crudely made bombs exploded at government offices, courts and even press clubs across Bangladesh on 17 August, but no arrests had been made by 22 August. Police recovered from the blast sites leaflets with messages from the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group calling for Islamic rule in Bangladesh and warning the US and Britain against occupation of Muslim nations. Though the blasts did not target any community, Karmakar noted the message was very clear: “The secular space is shrinking in my country…This is a matter of serious concern to Christians and others,” he said, while noting that the minuscule Christian community in Bangladesh was “safer compared to the Hindus whose condition is miserable.”…[Go To Full Story]