Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Dhaka police arrest three members of Pakistan Taliban
Seize bomb-making manual and other materials
- ucanews.com reporter and AFP, Dhaka
- January 20, 2014
Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested three members of a Pakistan militant organization allegedly carrying a bomb-making manual and other materials, police officials said on Monday.
The three arrested – identified as Mehmud, 26, Usman, 23, and Fakrul Hasan, 50 – admitted under police questioning to having received training from the Pakistani Taliban in carrying out attacks, A Dhaka police spokesman said.
The arrests come as Bangladesh police step up a security crackdown following January 5 elections that were boycotted by the main opposition party and its Islamist allies and marred by deadly unrest.
“These men entered Bangladesh to carry out subversive activities before and after the national election held on January 5. They also had long-term plans to spread militancy in the country,” Monirul Islam, a joint commissioner of Dhaka police, said during a press briefing on Monday.
“A bomb-making manual and a laptop containing information on military training were seized from them,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
The three migrated to Pakistan from western Myanmar and were later trained by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the statement added.
“They have special trainings in car bombs. They took training on grenades and IEDs from the main trainers of the TTP in Pakistan’s territory of Waziristan,” Islam said.
Widely known as moderate Muslim-majority nation, Bangladesh has seen as sharp rise in Islamic militancy since 2005, when two militant outfits Harkat-ul-Jihad (HUJI) and Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) carried out a string of bomb attacks across the country.
Security forces have arrested more than 1,000 protesters since the elections, which were boycotted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies, including the largest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.