Bangladesh jails 14 Islamists over 2005 coordinated blasts
A Bangladeshi court yesterday jailed 14 Islamist extremists for their roles in a deadly series of coordinated bomb attacks in 2005. At least two people were killed and hundreds wounded in the blasts orchestrated by the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an outlawed Islamist group also blamed by authorities for last year’s deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe. The court in the central district of Tangail sentenced all 14 accused to 20 years in jail, although only 10 were present, court inspector Anwarul Islam told AFP. The JMB set off over 400 bombs across the country in 2005 to press for the introduction of Sharia law in the Muslim-majority but officially secular country.