India-Pakistan: August 21, 2004

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 In Bangladesh, someone threw up to a dozen  grenades into an opposition political rally, killing 20 people. The attack, which included gunfire aimed at leaders of  the main opposition party, the Awami League, was though to be an assassination attempt against  former prime minister Sheikh Hasina. The attempt failed and she escaped injury. No one knows who backed the attack, or several similar attacks over the past few months. Islamic radicals are suspected, but no one has taken credit for the attacks. 

In Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area long the Afghan border, troops moved in on two fortified compounds suspected of holding foreign terrorists. The troops were supported by warplanes and artillery. 

Pakistan announced that it had recently arrested ten terrorism suspects, who were planning to launch attacks on the presidential palace, the prime minister's residence, the U.S. Embassy,  Army headquarters in Rawalpindi and other targets. Some of those arrested were Egyptians. Large quantities of bomb making materials were also seized. 

 

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