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Bangladesh police holding 180 militants for court attacks

[JURIST] Police in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] said Sunday they had detained nearly 50 more suspected Islamist militants connected with several recent suicide attacks on the country’s judiciary, bringing the total of suspects rounded up in the past week at least 180. State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar reported rumors that two outlawed Islamist groups had set up a 2,000 person suicide squad to help achieve an Islamic state. Militants bombed a court complex [JURIST report] Thursday during a strike by lawyers pushing for greater security for the judiciary, wounding 25 people. In mid-November, Bangladeshi lawyers boycotted the courts [JURIST report] for two days in response to the killing of two judges in another bomb. Militants are demanding that the judiciary introduce Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder]. Reuters has more.

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