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Militants threaten to kill Hasina

Dhaka: Islamic militants have threatened to kill Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and blow up a high-security jail in northeastern Chittagong city if their associates are not released from the prison within a month.

The jailer of the prison in Chittagong port city yesterday received a letter containing the threat, with its sender calling himself a member of the outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the `Daily Star` newspaper reported on Thursday.

"She (Hasina) survived this year`s August 15 but she will not be alive in future as she will also be blown to smithereens," the letter said in an oblique reference to August 15, 1975 when her father and the country`s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibuyr Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members, according to the report.

The daily said the letter demanded that the militants lodged in Chittagong jail be freed in next one month.

Chittagong jail officials could not be reached immediately, while security officials in Dhaka declined to comment on the matter saying they were unaware of any such letter.

"But we are always concerned about her security as she was exposed to such threats earlier also and survived attempts on her life at least once in 2004" during a grenade attack on her rally here, a senior official familiar with the Prime Minister`s security detail told PTI preferring anonymity.

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