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The BBC's Lucy Hockings
"The festivities were coming to an end when the bomb went off"
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The BBC's Kamel Ahmed
"A group of four youngmen had been carrying the bomb"
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Saturday, 14 April, 2001, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
Bangladesh bomb: Man arrested
People flee the scene of the bomb blast in a Dhaka park
The blast caused panic among concert-goers
By Kamal Ahmed in Dhaka

Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested a student suspected of carrying the bomb that exploded at a musical concert in the capital, Dhaka, leaving nine people dead and many more injured.

The exposion occurred on Saturday during the celebration of the Bengali new year.

The Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has condemned the attack and said that the communal forces opposed to the Bengali culture were responsible for such an attack.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina has vowed to complete her term
Police said that the initial investigation into the incident suggests that a group of four young men had been carrying the bomb at the festival, and one of the suspects was killed in the blast.

Two other suspects were injured and now they are undergoing treatment at the city's army hospital.

The fourth suspect, according to police, was picked up from his residence in the captial where all of them used to live together.

One investigating officer told the BBC that the two suspects were students of the Islamic seminary and one of them was a member of the Islamic student organisation, the Islami Chattra Shibir, the student wing of the Jamat Islami.

As yet, no-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Jamat Islami has also condemned the incident.

Resignation campaign

The Jamat Islami is a partner in the four-party opposition alliance which has been campaigning for the resignation of the present administration of Sheikh Hasina.

The chief of the opposition alliance, Khaleda Zia, has also condemned the attack and called for an independent inquiry by a judge into the blast.

She has also criticised the government for what she described as "failure to provide security to a public function".

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