Friday, May 25, 2007

Jadid Al Qaeda bombs in Rajshahi

3 bombs recovered at RUET

A powerful bomb was recovered from in front of the main gate of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) Tuesday night, reports our RU correspondent.

Campus sources said, the bomb wrapped in red tape and plastic paper, were found on the ground of the university Central Shaheed Miner.

A tea shop worker saw a red polythene bag, wrapped with red tape and informed university security guards.

They informed Motiher police station. Bomb experts from the police station recovered the bomb.

Motiher thana bomb expert SI Alamgir said it was a locally made powerful bomb.

Earlier, police recovered a powerful bomb and a rifle from Islami Chhatra Shibir dominated Shaheed Selim Hall of REUT.



Two more locally made powerful bombs were recovered from near the main gate of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) once again yesterday.


One of the bombs was wrapped in a 4 X 10 square inches aluminum sheet that was etched with a short message with spelling errors from 'Jadid Al Qaeda'.


A similar bomb was recovered from RUET main gate on Tuesday.


Police rushed to the scene soon after witnesses informed them at around 9am and the bombs were kept under water for safety.


One bomb was found from inside RUET near the main gate while another was recovered from a passengers' shed nearby.


Later a police bomb expert team led by sub inspector (SI) Alamgir Hossain defused the bombs and examined the bombs.


The 4 lines of message inscribed on the metal plate reads: 'Jadid Al Qaeda Kajla Gate; No 260 persons; this time there are 6 bombs; date- 22/5/07 – 24/5/07'.


Reading the inscription, forces of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police's special branch cordoned the entire RUET campus and areas around.


They searched for hours till 2pm, but did not find out any other bombs as claimed in the message.


"All the three bombs are similar and locally made, but these were sufficient to cause a big humane toll", SI Alamgir told this correspondent.


There was a same electric circuit, 4 pieces of IC, same 4 batteries, electric switches, explosives, and more than 200 bicycle bearing balls, parts of barbed wire, glasses were used as splinters in one bomb, described the bomb expert.


One of the bombs was kept inside a betel-leaf tobacco box and another was inside a 100 watt electric bulb, he said.


The bomb in the bulb was surrounded by a protective wall made up of the aluminum plate he added.


Local intelligences cautioned the law enforcing agencies after the first bomb recovery on Tuesday following its huge capacity, said sources.


Officer-in-charge of Motihar police station in the city said, the bombs were planted sometimes during the early hours.


Security was stepped up in and around the city including all important places, with guards checking suspicious people.


Talking to The Daily Star, Rajshahi Rab director Lt Col Shamsuzzaman Khan said, the homemade devices likely meant to spark off panic, create a volatile situation and thus publicise the new group rather than cause damage.


"Banned militants might have abandoned those fearing recent anti-crime drives", he said adding, "There is nothing to be worried about as law enforcing agencies are alerted highly".


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