DHAKA: Suspected Islamists carried out another deadly attack in Bangladesh Thursday at the country´s biggest prayer service for the start of Eid, days after a mass murder of hostages in the capital Dhaka.
Four people, including two policemen, a woman and a suspected assailant, died in the attack near Sholakia Eidgah where hundreds of thousands had gathered for Eid congregation this morning.
The incident, taking place within a week of the Gulshan restaurant attack, happened around 9:45am this morning at Sholakia, where hundreds of thousands gather each year for Eid congregation.
Abu Sayem, additional superintendent of Kishoreganj police, told the local media that four including two police constables, a woman and a miscreant died at scene. “One suspect has been held, about 13 injured.”
Police had cordoned off the area and checking door to door in search of the culprits, said Tofazzal Hossain, an assistant superintendent of district police.
Witnesses said over 300,000 Muslims, who had gathered at Sholakia to offer Eid prayers, were trapped in the middle of sporadic gunshots being fired between cops and miscreants.
Bangladesh has been reeling from a growing wave of attacks since the turn of the year, many of which have been claimed by the self-styled Islamic State group or an offshoot of the Al-Qaeda network.
However Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina´s government has consistently denied international jihadist networks have gained a foothold and have said the weekend attack in Dhaka was carried out by a local Islamist group.
Courtesy : TheNews