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Bangladeshi convicts escape after attack on prison van

Published on Feb 23, 2014 5:13 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Attackers on Sunday hurled bombs and opened fire at a prison van in northern Bangladesh, killing a policeman and freeing convicts from a banned Islamic outfit involved in 2005 mass bombings.

Of the three convicts who escaped, two were members of the outlawed Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and were awaiting execution while the third was serving a life sentence, police said.

The trio were convicted of involvement in a series of bombings across the country in 2005 that killed at least 28 people.

The police officer was shot dead after the attackers opened fire and hurled bombs at the prison van in Mymensingh district as the radicals were being taken to court for a hearing in another case, said local police officer Mahbub Hossain.

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