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Bangladeshi Police Seize Large Cache of Explosives


Police in Bangladesh say they have raided a suspected militant hideout in the northern Rajshahi district and seized a large amount of explosives.

The raid on Friday is the latest in the country after about more than 400 small bombs exploded almost simultaneously across Bangladesh on August 17th -- killing two people and wounding about 100.

Police say they detained two people and seized four pistols and material for making bombs. The two new suspects bring to 15 the number held over the past two days as part of a nationwide sweep for suspected militants.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for last month's blasts. But copies of a leaflet found at most bomb sites carried a call by an outlawed Islamic militant group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahedin Bangladesh, for the introduction of Islamic rule in Bangladesh.

The group is led by Shayek Abdur Rahman, who remains at large.

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