Bangladesh Cracks Down

If attacks such as Sept. 11 and the Bali bombings have any positive spin-off, it is that governments from Indonesia to Pakistan are finally conceding that they have a terrorism problem. Not so Bangladesh. When four simultaneous bombs exploded in crowded cinemas in Mymensingh on Dec. 7, killing 17 people and injuring 200, home minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury didn't blame al-Qaeda or any home-grown movement but his government's political opponents. Police arrested 32 people in Mymensingh, among them leaders of the opposition Awami League (AL). In the capital, Dhaka, several more AL members as well as a handful of journalists were...

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