Bangladesh jails 14 ex­trem­ists for deadly 2005 blasts

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Dhaka, Bangladesh - A Bangladeshi court on Tues­day jailed 14 ex­trem­ists for 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 ex­trem­ist group also blamed by au­thor­i­ties for last year’s deadly at­tack on a Dhaka café.

The court in the cen­tral dis­trict of Tan­gail sen­tenced all 14 ac­cused to 20 years in jail, although only ten were present, court in­spec­tor An­warul Is­lam told AFP. The other four are still on the run.

The JMB set off over 400 bombs across the coun­try in 2005 to press for the in­tro­duc­tion of Sharia law in the coun­try.

It later bombed a se­ries of cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal venues, in­clud­ing courts, killing around 30 peo­ple in­clud­ing sev­eral judges.

The Bangladesh gov­ern­ment blames the JMB for a se­ries of at­tacks in re­cent years on for­eign­ers, lib­eral blog­gers, rights ac­tivists and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties.

In the dead­li­est of th­ese at­tacks, five gun­men stormed an up­scale Dhaka café in July 2016, killing 22 peo­ple in­clud­ing 18 for­eign­ers.

The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity, but po­lice and the gov­ern­ment blamed JMB, dis­count­ing sugges­tions that IS had a foothold in Bangladesh.

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