Blast in Ctg madrassah leaves 5 injured

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A powerful explosion at Jamiatul Ulum Al Islamia Madrassah, headed by Hefajat-e-Islam central leader Mufti Ijaharul Islam, at Lalkhan Bazar in Chittagong on Monday morning left five students badly injured.
The explosion occurred around11:00am on the second floor of a three-storey students’ hostel of the madrassah built on a hillock.
The police ringed the madrassah complex after the blast and recovered three hand grenades and tools used in making bombs from the spot, said Shah Abdur Rouf, assistant commissioner of Panchlaish Zone.
They also seized 18 bottles of acid from Mufti Ijahar’s room in the complex.
The police arrested four students in the connection with the blast while they were undergoing treatment secretly in various clinics of the port city.
The five students, who were found lying badly injured in the room where the bomb went off, were identified as Aman Ullah, Jabbar, Abdul Mannan, Habibur Rahman and Abdul Karim. All of them were undergoing treatment in Chittagong Medical College Hospital in police custody.
The madrassah authorities claimed that the blast had resulted from a laptop and UPS placed near a burning stove, but the fire service, police and locals suspected that the explosion occurred while making bombs.
Officer-in-charge of Khulsi police station Mainuddin Bhuiyan said that they were investigating exactly what had caused the blast.
The loud bang panicked the locals who said it had caused massive damage to the room leaving windowpanes shattered and the blades of a ceiling fan twisted.
Three teams comprising CID, Bomb Disposal Unit of the Detective Branch and the fire service unit said they suspected it might be an incident of grenade blast.
Shah Abdur Rouf said that bombs might have been stored in the dormitory. Some of the students were drenched in water when fire hoses were dousing the flames, he added.
Halisahar police officer-in-charge Shajahan Kabir said that they had arrested two injured students at a clinic in the area and sent them to CMCH.
Sub-inspector at CMCH police outpost Md Zahir identified one of the arrested students as Salman, 23, from Gagla in Sylhet district.
‘We will be able to unearth the cause of the blast after the three units complete the investigation,’ he added.
Awami League activists took out a procession in protest at the explosion accusing the madrassah of training militants.
CMP commissioner Shafiqul Islam told newsmen that that there was no scope to underestimate the incident which had occurred just a few days before prime minister Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to visit Chittagong on October 12 to inaugurate the Bahaddarhat Flyover.

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