Post-blast crackdown on madrassas

Dhaka, August 19:

A Bangladesh madrassa student found with a video of speeches by Osama bin Laden and military-style training techniques is among 100 people held after a nationwide wave of bombings linked to Muslim extremists, police said today. A number of those arrested were students or teachers from madrassas, or Islamic seminaries, a senior security official told AFP speaking on condition of anonymity.

More than 350 small home-made bombs exploded on Wednesday across Bangladesh. Two people were killed and over 100 suffered slight injuries. “We’ve arrested three suspects including one 18-year-old madrassa student who was caught with a video which shows speeches of Osama bin Laden and military training strategies,” said Khan Sayeed Hasan, commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police.