Dhaka Police said yesterday that two policemen and an unidentified woman were killed after an explosion near the site of mass Eid Al-Fitr prayers in northern Bangladesh.
A police official named Mir Musharraf said that the explosions took place near the site of Eid Al-Fitr prayers in Kishoreganj, about 68 miles northeast of Dhaka, and injured at least 12 people. An intelligence official named Qazi Al-Amin Hussain told the German Press Agency by telephone that one of the attackers was killed and that police guarding the prayer site had been attacked by at least six assailants.
Channel 24 reported that three suspects had been detained and that at least eight people had been taken to a hospital in Dhaka. The Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that those who carried out these attacks are the “enemies of Islam and humanity” and “will not escape punishment”.
Abu Siyam, a local police chief, said that police had found a machete and a loaded pistol at the site of the blast.
These attacks come after a terrorist attack last week that targeted a restaurant in Dhaka in which 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, and two policemen were killed.
According to Associated Press, a group of extremists threw homemade bombs and engaged in a gun battle with police guarding worshippers who were performing Eid prayers on Thursday.
Officials said the attack killed one officer, and that one of the attackers was arrested whilst the others were wounded.