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Blast in Qur’anic school reveals bomb and weapon factory
by Sumon Corraya
ICC Note:
Police in Bangladesh recently discovered that a Madrassa in the Chittagong area was used to manufacture bombs. Some of these bombs exploded on Monday, killing one and injuring six others. The Madrassa, similar to the ones to which Christian children were trafficked to (and rescued by ICC), was run by an “Islamic fundamentalist group that is very active in Bangladesh.”
10/7/2013 Bangladesh (Asia News)- One person was killed and six were seriously wounded in an explosion yesterday morning in Chittagong at a madrasah (Qur’anic school) that belongs to Hefajat-e-Islam, an Islamic fundamentalist group that is very active in Bangladesh.
According to police, the educational facility was used to manufacture bombs and weapons. Agents found traces of explosive devices as well as three crude bombs, more than 30 homemade grenades and 18 bottles of picric acid.
The victim, Mohammed Habib, was 25-year-old. The six people injured tried to hide and get medical care covertly, but police found them and took them to hospital where they are under constant watch.
Police also issued a warrant for the arrest of seven people, including Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, 70, founder of the madrassa. He is affiliated with the Islamic militant group Harkatul Jihad al Islami.
According to some experts, various extremist groups plan to disrupt the country’s upcoming general election, scheduled for the end of the year.

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