350 Bombs in an Hour – A Vision of the Terrible Future?
by Daniel Pipes
Admittedly, the bombs were small affairs and Bangladesh is a country few outside its region pay much attention to. But still – as reported by Shafiq Alam and Helen Rowe in the Australian – the bombing campaign on August 17 was extraordinary and presumably without precedent:
A subsequent report counts over 500 bombs exploding in the capital city and 63 of the country's 64 district headquarters, killing two persons and injuring about 140.
And just to prove that denial is also a river in Bangladesh: "The Islamist-allied coalition Government describes the nation as moderate Muslim, and has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that there could be a problem with Islamic extremists." Worse, the authorities insist on barking up the wrong tree:
Comments: (1) It is not hard to imagine 350 large bombs going off in an hour and a country becoming truly terrorized. (2) The first reaction of the security agencies suggests that it won't be that hard to pull off this scenario again, at least in Bangladesh. (August 18, 2005)
Oct. 26, 2005 update: Maulana Hafizur Rahman, a leader of JMB sent a letter containing A threat to blow up all the police stations of Bangladesh unless Islamic law is implemented under the aegis of an Islamic constitution.
June 16, 2006 update: Marking the June 15 anniversary of the Islamists' "Free Pattani State" in the south of Thailand, they set off fifty bombs, killing at least three people and injuring scores. Twelve bombs went off in Yala province, 18 in Pattani, and 20 in Narathiwat.
Feb. 19, 2007 update: From a New York Times report:
Mar. 30, 2007 update: Six Islamist terrorists – including Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai , the leader and deputy leader of the outlawed Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) – were hanged, in part for their part in organizing the hundreds of blasts across Bangladesh in 2005.
Aug. 15, 2011 update: "A relentless barrage of bombings killed 63 people Monday in the most sweeping and coordinated attack in Iraq has seen in over a year, striking 17 cities from northern Sunni areas to the southern Shiite heartland." A later count found 42 coordinated attacks killing 89 and wounding 315.
Apr. 27, 2012 update: Four bombs went off in one hour in Dnepropetrovsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine.
July 24, 2012 update: According to the New York Times,
July 20, 2013 update: Associated Press reports from Iraq that "A coordinated wave of seven car bombs tore through bustling commercial streets Saturday night in Shiite Muslim areas of Baghdad, part of a relentless wave of violence that killed more than 45 people inside and outside the capital."
July 29, 2013 update: A single hour saw 12 parked car bombs in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killing at least 51 persons.
Aug. 10, 2013 update: Twelve bombs killed at least 69 people in the mainly Shi'i areas of Baghdad during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. In all, some 4,000 Iraqis have died in 2013 from terrorist attacks and 10,000 have been injured. Serial bombings have become a signature form of aggression by Sunni Islamist groups.
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