Bangladesh suffers bomb attacks on Eid al-Fitr

Saturday, July 9, 2016

On Thursday, a militant group attacked a mosque in Sholakia in the Kishoreganj district of northern Bangladesh on Eid al-Fitr killing at least four people including one attacker and two officials, injuring at least twelve people, Bangladeshi police said. Al Jazeera reported two suspects were arrested.

Location of Kishoreganj
Image: Nafsadh.

More than 200,000 people had gathered for Eid prayers marking Ramadan's end. The attackers reportedly used homemade explosives. Officials said the incident injured nine policemen. By reports at least one blast took place while the people were offering prayers. The attackers also used sharp objects which killed one official. The other policeman was killed by explosives. Shafiqul Islam, a local, said the police searched for suspects amongst devotees and nearby houses.

Government officials said the attacks were made in order to "destabalise Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government".

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "We will not allow any terrorist activities on our soil. Those who commit such acts are the enemies of Islam" ((ar))Arabic language: ‍لن نسمح بأي أنشطة إرهابية على أرضنا. من يرتكبون هذه الأفعال هم أعداء الإسلام.

A few days ago, more than 20 people were killed in an attack in Dhaka.