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Blast in western Bangladesh; 2 scribes hurt

Two journalists were wounded after a bomb was hurled at a bicycle they were riding in Chuadanga town, 150 kms west of Dhaka.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 12:42 IST
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Two journalists were wounded after a bomb was hurled at a bicycle they were riding in western Bangladesh—an attack police suggested could be linked to their articles.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack late on Wednesday in Chuadanga town, 150 kilometers west of the national capital, Dhaka, the area's police chief Mohammad Sarwar said on Thursday.

Journalists Mahfuz Mamun and Babul Ahmed, both working for local Bengali-language daily Dainik Mathabhanga, were riding to their office together on a bicycle when unidentified attackers hurled the bomb at them, the official said.

Both underwent brief surgery for shrapnel wounds in their legs before being sent home early on Thursday, said his colleague Chitta Ranjan.

The journalists were not available for comment. But police official Sarwar said the two wrote articles in their paper two weeks ago about growing drug trafficking in the town close to the Indian border.

Police investigators were pointing to drug traffickers, Sarwar said.

Journalists in Bangladesh are often targeted for writing about corruption, political violence or organized crime.

At least 10 journalists have been killed and dozens wounded in this South Asian nation since 1997, media rights groups say.