Bomb hits Bangladesh MP's car, several hurt

About a dozen people were injured when unidentified attackers threw a bomb as a Bangladesh member of parliament was getting into his car, police said.

Bomb hits Bangladesh MP's car, several hurt

About a dozen people were injured when unidentified attackers threw a bomb as a Bangladesh member of parliament related to the country's prime minister was getting into his car on Wednesday, police and witnesses said.

They said Fazle Noor Tapas, a legislator from the ruling Awami League party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, escaped unhurt in the evening attack in the city centre.

"About 12 people were injured," one witness told Reuters by telephone from the scene of the attack, outside the member of parliament's office in the city's Motijheel district.

Police said eight people were taken to hospital.

Tapas, a barrister, is related to Hasina. He lost his father, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, during a 1975 army rebellion in which Hasina's father and the country's founding leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was killed, along with most members of his family.

Tapas is now taking part in legal proceedings against the 1975 killers who have appealed against previous court rulings to hang them.

Police said they were trying to determine the type of the bomb and the motive behind the attack.

"We are investigating and cannot say anything further at this stage," a senior police officer told reporters.

Bangladesh has seen a spate of bomb attacks since 2004 when several grenades exploded at a rally Hasina, then-opposition leader, was addressing in Dhaka.

Twenty-three leaders and workers of Awami League died in that blast, but Hasina survived with a partial loss of hearing.

They exploded at least 500 small bombs in simultaneous attacks across Bangladesh in Augst 2005, but suffered a blow after their top six commanders were captured and hanged in early 2007.

Earlier gunmen targetted lawyers, judges, police and others.

In recent months, law enforcement agencies have seized dozens of live grenades and a huge quantity of explosives from around the country.

Reuters
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