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Five army officers detained, several sacked

Five army officers have been detained and several others sacked in Bangladesh for their suspected link to the last month's bomb attack on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's nephew and Awami League lawmaker Fazle Nur Taposh, officials said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Nov 10, 2009 11:32 IST

Five army officers have been detained and several others sacked in Bangladesh for their suspected link to the last month's bomb attack on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's nephew and Awami League lawmaker Fazle Nur Taposh, officials said on Tuesday.

An official confirmed the dismissal or forced retirement of "some army officers recently" while the Daily Star newspaper quoting unidentified intelligence sources said the detained five junior officers named six of their former superiors as masterminds behind the attack on Taposh.

The report said one of the six officers, Lt Colonel Saiful Islam Joarder, was on the run as he was believed to have provided funds for the attack on Taposh, also a key lawyer in the final appeal hearing of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's murder trial at the apex Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

The Star report named the six officers who ranked between Brigadier and Major while several local newspapers yesterday carried reports of the alleged links of several army officers in attack on Taposh, who narrowly escaped the hit which injured 15 others.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hasina at a late yesterday cabinet meeting directed the home ministry to launch a comprehensive investigation into the alleged link of some "dismissed" army officers with the bomb attack on Taposh, an official at the prime minister's office told PTI.