Six injured in bomb attack on a Hindu gathering in Bangladesh

Six injured in bomb attack on a Hindu gathering in Bangladesh

At least six people were injured, with three in a critical condition, after a series of bomb blasts on Saturday at a Hindu religious gathering in northern Bangladesh, a police official said. The attack follows the shooting and wounding of an Italian doctor working in the same region last month, and the earlier murders of an Italian and a Japanese citizen in separate attacks claimed by Islamic State.

The latest incident occurred in Dinajpur district, 415 km (260 miles) north of the capital Dhaka when a series of bombs exploded as hundreds of devotees attended a religious ceremony known as “Rushmela”, Abdul Mazid, the officer in-charge of Kahalur police station, told Reuters. The attack came after recent threats to the temple`s priest, urging him not to organise any religious gatherings, Mazid said.

Five people had been detained for interrogation, he said. Bomb attacks on Hindu religious gatherings are rare in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. The country has suffered a rising tide of Islamist violence over the past year. Four online critics of religious militancy have been hacked to death, among them a U.S. citizen of Bangladesh origin.



Source : Reuters

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