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Sorry only for US embassy vehicle

Jamaat-e-Islami has accepted responsibility and apologised for the attack on a US embassy vehicle on Pragati Sarani in the capital during yesterday's hartal in which the driver of the vehicle was injured.

The US embassy termed the attack “an affront to the entire international community”.

Jamaat, however, did not accept responsibility for the attacks on law enforcers, and vandalism and torching of vehicles across the country during the hartal. Instead, it accused law enforcers and the ruling party men of attacking its activists.

A flash procession of Jamaat and pro-Jamaat student body Islami Chhatra Shibir activists attacked the US embassy vehicle that happened to be passing the procession, said Abu Saleh, sub-inspector of Khilkhet Police Station.

The pro-hartal activists also attempted to set fire to the car, the SI claimed, adding that the activists had fled the scene before police reached the spot.

Kelly McCarthy, press and information officer of the embassy, yesterday said a US embassy vehicle was attacked in the vicinity of Pragati Sarani and Airport Road yesterday morning, injuring driver and several policemen in the vehicle.

McCarthy said the injured driver was receiving treatment for his injuries.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on our diplomatic vehicle in Dhaka today," she said, adding, "The United States places a high priority on the safety and security of diplomatic personnel and any attack on diplomatic property or personnel is an affront to the entire international community."

She said the US embassy appreciated the assistance and support of the government and Dhaka Metropolitan Police to protect American citizens and US embassy property.

"We call upon the perpetrators to be held accountable for this unprovoked attack on a diplomatic vehicle and its innocent occupants," she said.

In the statement issued last night, Md Shafiqur Rahman, acting secretary general of Jamaat, said, "After carrying out a preliminary enquiry into the matter [attack], we accept responsibility for this unfortunate incident, which is the first of its kind.

“We condemn it. We offer our apology to the US embassy and to the victims and will provide compensation.”

Jamaat, in another statement, thanked people for making the hartal a success. It held police and ruling party men responsible for attacking its pickets.

It claimed that 400 of its activists were arrested by law enforcers.

In a late night development, Havilder Siddiqur Rahman, who was in charge of the team assigned to escort the US embassy officials, filed a case accusing Saiful Azam Munna, Solaiman, Jasim, Khokon Sikder, Rabiul Islam and around 50 more unnamed people in this connection, police said.

The five named accused were picked up from the spot and they would be produced before a court today, said Kamal Hossain, sub-inspector of Khilkhet Police Station.

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The slave never makes its master angry. What saddens me is that to our political parties the properties of the country's people have no value but the American Embassy car does. This exposes the nature of not only Jamaat but all the other big political parties of the country. They put slavery to the foreigners before service to the people. We should beware of such parties.

: Hasan

Who is more important...the international community or the general people in the country. I suspect that this vehicle was illegally being used for purpose other than its jurisdiction. Why must this vehicle carrying such a big number of policemen inside it, we need to find out that first. The diplomats has the immunity, but its vehicle on a day when everyone knew that the country was by and large into Hartal what did the embassy expect that the political activist moves around the city having a book in their pocket explaining what is inside the Geneva Convention.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee


  • Asad Zaman
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 11:46 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    Sorry only for US vehicle! What a rotten ideology! Jamaat/Shibir not only condemns their attack on US vehicle, they offer apology to the US embassy and to the victims and promised to provide compensation. The same Jamaat-Shibir activists have gleefully attacked and burned so many public buses (many were filled with passengers) and private vehicles nationwide. With their religious ideology, Jamaat-Shibirs will never condemn their attacks on public or private vehicles. Nor will they offer any apology or compensation to any passengers (not even women passengers) who were injured while running or jumping out from the burning vehicles. But they will do everything (from condemning their own attack to offering apology, compensations and so forth) for the powerful US. I wonder whom do they worship actually?

  • I.Hassan
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 01:09 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    US Embassy must collect all the loss from Jamaat in cash plus other compensation for driver's injury.

  • sohul ahmed moku
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 01:32 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    This is no scope of a hartal (strike) under the term of democracy as general people never support this hartal or any previous hartal since Independence of Bangladesh. The Political Party or Parties imposed such destructive hartal. All Member of Parliament must make a law that Hartal is unlawful under democracy.

  • naabaj
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 03:55 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    Some of Jamat's supporters have clouts with USA Govt. Some of these supporters are the Bangladesh fugitives who have been given death penalty and some others are very active with controversial activities to foil war criminal trial. It is time for USA to extradite these criminals without delay. USA should not shelter these criminals who provide support to their activists who do not respect diplomatic impunity.

  • Biddut Roy
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 08:24 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    Jamaat expressed sorrow for vandalizing us embassy car. But they are not sorry for lighting the cars of our country. They have no sympathy for the people of Bangladesh. They never say 'sorry' for killing 3 million people. In 1971 they were obedient to US, till now they are and they are against Bangladesh.

  • amir Hamja
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 09:09 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    What a pity for other country!

  • Hafeejul Alam
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 09:43 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    Shame to Jamat-Shibir. Their very attitude shows that in practice they are not only anti-liberation elements but also anti-people. Their hate campaign against the lives and properties of our motherland must be dealt with firmly and squarely by the government as well as by the people at large. The people of Bangladesh will never tolerate these religious terrorists and their cohorts.





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