In a terrorist attack near a mass Eid prayer gathering in Kishoreganj in Bangladesh two policeman and a woman were killed and 13 people were wounded. One attacker had been shot dead. Three terrorists were arrested, one of them injured.
A group of terrorists reportedly attacked one of the policemen with a knife and threw homemade bombs at a school a kilometer from a prayer ground, where at least 2 lakh people were gathered for Eid prayers. The terrorists were believed to be hiding in the school.
“They threw a bomb at a police checkpost. A constable was killed in the explosion. One attacker was killed and another was arrested,” Mahbubur Rahman, a police officer in the district control room, was reported as saying by news agency AFP.
Tofazzal Hosain, the district’s deputy police chief, told AFP that several people had taken part in the attack and some had been armed with machetes – a hallmark of recent attacks in Bangladesh.
“They first threw a small bomb targeting police and then attacked them with machetes. Police retaliated by returning gunfire,” Mr Hosain said.
Some reports suggest that the attack was targeted at the imam or chief cleric of Kishoreganj, who is known for his liberal views. He had reportedly started a signature campaign to condemn terrorism in the name of Islam.
Last weekend, 20 people, including 18 foreigners, were hacked to death at the Dhaka cafe.