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Bangladesh Formally Charges Rahman for August 17th Bombings

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The suspected mastermind of hundreds of small bomb attacks that rattled Bangladesh last week has been charged, despite his absence in court. Inspector General of Police Abdul Kaiyum says police have filed cases against Shaikh Abdur Rahman, who is on the run, and a court has issued a warrant for his arrest. He said the leader of the outlawed extremist group known as Jamayetul Mujahedin is charged with masterminding the August 17th attacks. On that day, more than 400 small bombs exploded almost simultaneously across Bangladesh, killing two people and injuring more than 100. The national police chief says they have stepped up their hunt for Mr. Rahman, who is believed to be hiding in the country. Leaflets bearing his Islamic group's name and calling for the introduction of Islamic law were found at the blast sites.
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