PANIC ENSUES AFTER BANGLADESH BOMB STRIKES
SkyNews | August 18, 2005
A wave of bomb strikes have killed two people and injured at least 100 across Bangladesh.
Reports of up to 350 small blasts rattled most of the country's major cities and towns throughout the day.
A bicycle rickshaw driver called Robiul Islam died after a blast in the northern town of Chapai Nawabganj.
Another bomb killed a 10-year-old boy in Savar, central Bangladesh.
Officials said 45 people have been arrested in connection with the explosions.
Police said the bombs, which went off almost simultaneously, were homemade and apparently designed to cause only limited damage.
But the blasts caused panic and massive traffic jams, as people fled for safety and rushed to schools to bring their children home.
Officers added that leaflets from the banned Islamic group Jumatul Mujahedin were found at the scene of a number of explosions.
Home Minister Lutfuzzaman Babar said: "It's an organised attack. It's not a simple incident."
In Dhaka, about a dozen bombs exploded near the airport, at court buildings and in markets.
A witness claimed a man left a bag near a roadside tea stand shortly before one explosion.