Dhaka: A court in northern Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced five members of a banned Islamic group to life
in prison for their involvement in a series of bombings five
The judge said the men, members of Jumatul
Mujahedeen Bangladesh aged between 22 and 28, were part of a
nationwide terror campaign.
The five were found guilty of involvement in
bombings at five places in Bogra district on August 17, 2005,
about 160 kilometers north of the capital Dhaka, which caused
few casualties but shook Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which has
been largely spared violent Islamic militancy.
Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh later launched a
series of bombings that killed at least 26 people and wounded
dozens more. The bombings targeted mainly courts and
government offices, as the group denounced Bangladesh`s
secular legal system and pressed for adoption of Islamic law.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Nitai
Chandra Saha said today that the five men were part of a
nationwide terror campaign, which threatened peace and
national security - although they were not accused in the
deadly bombings that followed the attacks in Bogra.
Also today, another court in Dhaka sentenced two
other men from the group to 20 years in jail for illegally
They were arrested in northern Mymensingh district
in 2005. A woman, Fahima Akhter, was also sentenced to 20
years for being their accomplice. She was the wife of the
group`s second-in-command Siddiqul Islam.
The government says it has broken the Jumatul
Mujahedeen Bangladesh network but there are operatives who are
trying to regroup.
Six high-ranking members of the group, including
leader Shaikh Abdur Rahman and his deputy Islam, were hanged
in 2007 for the killing of two judges in a separate 2005 bomb
attack in the southern town of Jhalakathi.