2 including cop killed as terror strikes Bangladesh on Eid
Two people, including a police man, have been killed and nine others were injured in a bomb blast on Thursday in central Bangladesh.
The attack on the police post guarding the Eidgah at Kishoreganj, some 140 kms from the capital Dhaka occurred around 9 am local time.
There are unconfirmed reports that a Hindu woman and an assailant has been killed.
Some 300,000 people had flocked to the Sholakia grounds for prayers on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr that marks the end of the Muslims’ holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The largest congregation of Eid prayers in Bangladesh is usually held at Sholakia.
Witnesses said the attackers were in their twenties.
A police official told Xinhua news agency that security has been beefed up after the explosions.
“We’re closely monitoring the situation,” said the official.
Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the attack is a political move and has no Islamic agenda. He also confirmed that the attack was aimed at the huge posse of police which was deployed to guard the Eid congregation.
The attackers who had holed up inside a school were firing at the police, a report said.
The explosion and gun attack came days after a terror attack on a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave Gulshan in which 20 people including 18 foreigners were killed.
ISIS had recently warned of a barrage of terror attacks that would target the moderately Muslim majority nation of Bangladesh and elsewhere until an Islamic Caliphate prevails worldwide.