An explosion at a madrassa (a school for the study of the Koran) claimed the life of one man and injured at least seven others in Bangladesh on October 7. Located in Chittagong, the madrasah is operated by Hefajat-e-Islam, an Islamist group that is quite active in the south Asian country. Police believe that the madrassa was being used to manufacture explosive devices and other weapons. Local authorities found traces of several explosive devices and three crude bombs, along with 30 home-made grenades and 18 bottles of pyric acid.
The explosion claimed the life of Mohammed Habib, a 25-year-old Muslim man. Six injured persons escaped from the madrassa and sought medical assistance covertly. However, they were apprehended and then taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Police in Chittagong have issued a warrant for the arrest of seven people, including the 70-year-old Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, the founder of the madrassa. He is affiliated with the Islamist militant group Harkatul Jihad al Islami.
Bangladesh’s government is concerned that various extremist groups plan to disrupt the country's upcoming general election, scheduled for the end of the year. Among the terrorist organizations involved is Hefajat-e-Islam (Protector of Islam), which has recently emerged from the many madrassas in Bangladesh. Islamist groups such as Hefajat-e-Islam support Jamaat-e-Islami , the Islamic Party of Bangladesh. Since February, they have been involved in general strikes and violence, generating tensions within the country.