Dhaka: Radical Islamists hurled crude bombs and engaged in a shootout with the police in Bangladesh on Thursday, killing a policeman and a terrorist at the country's biggest Eid gathering. The attacks happened a week after the deadly attack on a Dhaka Cafe that left 22 people dead.
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.
One suspected attacker was also killed during the face-off with police at the blast site as roads in the area were cordoned off. Abu Sayem, Additional Superintendent of Kishoreganj police, said two – including a police constable and a terrorist – died at scene. "One suspect has been held and about 13 injured," he said.
Local reports said six-seven people led the attack with sharp weapons on policemen when they were frisking people entering the Eid ground.
Kishoreganj ASP Obaidul Hasan said the blasts had spread panic among thousands who were beginning to gather near the ground,
but the prayers were not disrupted, bdnews24.com reported. "That was probably a crude bomb. The facts are still
unclear," he said.
The Islamic State (IS) terror group on Wednesday had issued a new chilling video warning the Bangladesh government of more attacks in the country and across the world until Shariah law is established globally, saying last week's gruesome attack
at Dhaka Cafe was just "a glimpse".
The video message, believed to be issued from Raqqa, the stronghold of the terror group in strife-torn Syria was
released on YouTube. Islamist gunmen stormed a popular restaurant in Dhaka's posh diplomatic enclave late on Friday last week killing 22 people, most of them foreigners from Italy, Japan, India and the US.
The IS video has gone viral on social media among Bangladeshis who are still recovering from the shock of the brutal slaughter of 20 hostages and two police officers in Dhaka.