Vol. 4 Num 237 Sat. January 24, 2004  
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Bombs blow up cop camp in Bagerhat
Three constables injured

Three constables were injured in a drive-by bombing of a police camp Thursday night at Gourambha under Rampal upazila in Bagerhat, some 35 km from Khulna city, police said.

Twelve policemen were resting inside the camp when it was bombed at around 7:30pm.

Eyewitnesses said the attackers came on motorbikes and hurled three powerful bombs into the semi-pucca building.

The force of the explosion blew up the roof of the camp.

Bagerhat police withheld names of the three injured constables who were taken to an undisclosed location for medical treatment.

Police superintendent of the district said four men were involved in the bomb attack and escaped by two motorbikes through the Dakop-Batiaghata road.

The bombs were clearly intended to cause heavy casualties but apparently failed to do so being thrown from the moving vehicles, said officer-in-charge of Rampal Police Station, which is some 15 km away from the crime scene.

Terrified locals ran helter-skelter following the deafening blasts, witnesses said.

The attack came exactly a week after the January 15 murder of Manik Chandra Saha, staff correspondent of the Daily Sangbad and stringer for BBC Radio, in a bomb attack near the Khulna Press Club that ripped his head off.

Last year, police in the southwestern region were targets of nine bomb attacks. Four policemen were killed in three of the blasts while a sub-inspector was maimed in another attack.

On March 1, 2003, Sergeant Ariful Islam of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) died in a bomb attack near Khulna Circuit House Maidan.

On March 11, 2003, KMP constables Ramesh and Shariful were killed in bomb attacks near Shaikhpara Janata Bank branch in the city.

On May 12, 2003, Subedar Ashraf Hossain of Khulna district police died in a bomb attack near a garage at KDA Avenue in the city.

Sub-inspector Shaheed Suhrawardy of Khalishpur police station survived an attempt on his life when unidentified miscreants threw bombs at him on December 12 last year while he was on his way home near Boyra Police Lines in the city. The sub-inspector lost his left arm in the attack.

Apart from the five police casualties in the past year, 12 civilians were also killed and 54 others injured in 21 bomb attacks in Khulna, Bagerhat and Jessore districts during the same period. The dead included a journalist, seven political leaders, a businessman, a rickshawpuller and two members of an outlawed political party.