Bombs hurled at Indian envoy’s car in Bangladesh

There was no clarity whether the he was the target of the attack.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:April 13, 2013 1:58 am

UNIDENTIFIED miscreants on Friday hurled three crude bombs apparently targeting a parked car being used by Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Pankaj Saran,injuring three persons including his driver. The incident took place when Saran was visiting the southwestern Khulna district.

Officials in New Delhi said the High Commissioner had an engagement at the Chamber of Commerce,when his car there was a bomb blast outside. There was no clarity whether the he was the target of the attack.

“The High Commissioner is completely unhurt and there is nothing to be worried about… he will return to Dhaka in line with his visit schedule,” an Indian High Commission spokesman said in Dhaka.

A police official in Khulna said unidentified miscreants hurled the bombs in front of a number of parked cars while the Indian envoy was in the meeting.

Assistant Police Commissioner Abul Kalam Azad said the explosions slightly wounded three people,including the envoy’s driver,and a massive manhunt was launched to track down the miscreants.

“We suspect that activists of Jamaat-e-Islami exploded the bombs ahead of their planned general strike in the district to create fear among public so their programme could be enforced… we think it is a stray incident,” Azad said.

A local journalist who was covering the envoy’s programme said the explosions came as Saran was about to complete his address at the Chamber of Commerce building.

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