Dhaka: Radical Islamists hurled crude bombs and engaged in a shootout with police in Bangladesh yesterday that killed three people (including two policemen and a Hindu woman), and a terrorist at the country’s biggest Eid gathering nearly a week after the deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe that left 22 people dead.
Bangladesh police surround the body of a suspected militant following the attack in Kishoreganj yesterday. Pic/AFP
Bombs exploded near an Eid prayer gathering in Sholakia in northern Kishoreganj district where at least 200,000 people had gathered, police said. Police said one constable was dead and at least 13 others were injured.
Blood stains at the blast site yesterday
A second policeman later succumbed to his wounds on way to hospital in neighbouring Mymensingh.
A woman was also killed during the shootout while she was witnessing the incident from the window of her house near the scene.
One suspected attacker was also killed in the exchange of fire with police at the blast site as roads in the area were cordoned off.
Local reports said six to seven people led the attack with sharp weapons on policemen when they were frisking people entering the Eidgah ground. Police said that two of the attackers have been held.
Kishoreganj ASP Obaidul Hasan said the blasts spread panic among thousands who were beginning to gather near the ground, but the prayers were not disrupted.
"That was probably a crude bomb. The facts are still unclear," Abu Sayem, additional superintendent of police in Kishoreganj, said.
The incident comes close on the heels of last week’s deadly attacks in Dhaka which killed 22 people mostly foreigners including a 19-year-old Indian girl.
A special team of NSG officers will be travelling to Bangladesh to “analyse and study” the bombings at an Eid prayer gathering and the recent terror siege at a high-end restaurant in the neighbouring country. Officials said the team of National Security Guard (NSG) officers have been authorised by the government to travel to Dhaka after the Special Forces establishment in Bangladesh approved the formers’ request to visit the spots of the terror attacks for a first-hand understanding of the situation.