DHAKA: Even before the people of Bangladesh recovered from the ISIS attack at a western-style cafe in Dhaka, a group of suspected radical Islamists have created havoc at an Eid congregation on Thursday morning in Kishoreganj district. The suspected militants engaged in a gun-battle with the police, which resulted in the loss of four lives. Official report said nine of the policemen were injured during the operation.
Speaking on the attacks, District Deputy police chief Tofazzal Hosain said, “There was a sudden attack from the militants in the morning hours at Kishoreganj, where thousands of devotees assembled for the prayer meeting. The plan of the militants was to create an attack similar to that of the last week in Dhaka. However, the Policemen guarding the place responded in no time to keep the situation under control”.
“We have immediately responded with firing as soon as the militants were spotted. There was a fierce gun-battle between the militants and the Police, as they used hand bombs and pistols. At least one of the bombs had been reported to have exploded near the prayer meeting”, he added. “We have recovered explosives from the militants. Four people have been killed in the attack, including two policemen and two civilians”.
There isn’t an official announcement yet from any of the terror groups in Bangladesh, claiming the responsibility of the attacks. However, the ruling government blamed the incident as a plot drafted by the opposition leaders to topple the Bangladesh government.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Hasina expressed anguish over the attacks, describing it as anti-Islamic and inhuman.
One of the militants was caught alive by the Police and has been reportedly taken to a secret place for interrogation. Additional information about the terror organization behind the attack is yet to be made public.