Vol. 5 Num 522 Tue. November 15, 2005  
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Assassin says he is member of suicide squad

Mamun Ali, who hurled a bomb which killed two judges in Jhalakathi yesterday, confessed before a magistrate that he is a member of the suicide squad of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

The assassin in his early 30s said he had reached the scene early in the morning and walked up to the microbus immediately after it went there to pick up the judges. He hurled a bomb at the vehicle at 9:05am.

Mamun, son of Kamruzzaman who is a security guard of a private building owned by BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa at Binodpur near Rajshahi University, said he carried out the attack fully aware that death is inevitable as he joined the suicide squad.

Mamun was also severely injured in the blast and gave the confessional statement before the first class magistrate of Barisal, Munim Hasan, at the Post-operative ward of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital at 12:55pm yesterday.

Sources in the administration said his statement would be considered a declaration before death should he die from his injuries.

Mamun tried to detonate a bomb strapped on to his thighs while he was being taken to the hospital in an ambulance but the police foiled his attempt. He said he wore three trousers to cover it.

He said he came to Jhalakathi from Rajshahi some 10 to 12 days ago on instruction of the high command.

Karim, Moaz, and Rahim received him at the district bus terminal and took him to a rented house in Krishnakathi area in Jhalakathi town.

Mamun said he was briefed about the plan and the spot of the attack a day after and he started working on the execution of the plan.

He admitted that the two bombs were sent from outside Jhalakathi but did not disclose how the bombs were sent and who sent them.

Mamun, who sports long beard, said he kept his mentors informed of every step of the operation over mobile phone. He, however, did not divulge their identity. Law enforcers were preparing to move him to the Joint Interrogation Cell in Dhaka for questioning.

Mamun said he hails from Dasmari village of Matihar Police Station in Rajshahi. He studied up to class IX at Rajshahi Masjid Mission. He joined the JMB around four to five years ago and worked under the leadership of Mostafa, the JMB commander of Rajshahi region.

He said he never met Abdur Rahman, who he said was the top leader of banned JMB.