A top Bangladeshi security official has linked a deadly wave of bombings in August to criminal gangs based in neighboring India.
The head of Bangladesh's border guards, Major-General Jahangir Alam Chowdhury, told journalists in New Delhi on Friday that the Indian gangs and their Bangladeshi counterparts conspired with militants to carry out the deadly attack in August. The Indian government denies the allegation and says the claims are baseless and scurrilous.
On August 17th, 400 small bombs exploded almost simultaneously across Bangladesh, killing two people and wounding about 100 others. There has been no claim of responsibilty but leaflets at some of the bomb scenes carried messages from an outlawed militant group ,Jamaat-ul-Mujahedin Bangladesh. The comments by Bangladesh's border chief came during a visit to India this week for regular discussions on a number of issues including joint patrols, cross-border smuggling, terrorism and ongoing construction of a border fence by India.