Policeman is hacked to death as Islamists launch bomb attack on 200,000 worshippers celebrating Eid in Bangladesh just days after 20 people are slaughtered in Dhaka
- Machete-clad terrorists kill four and injure seven in Kishoreganj attack
- Bomb was thrown at school before gunfire exchanges at Ramadan prayer
- Killers were hiding out in the school less than a mile from mass crowds
- Suspected target was liberal cleric of the main mosque in Kishoreganj
By Gareth Davies For Mailonline
Published: 08:49, 7 July 2016
A policeman was hacked to death with a machete in an Islamist attack just days before 20 people were slaughtered in the Bangladeshi capital.
The terrorists carried out the latest deadly assault near a huge prayer in Kishoreganj where 200,000 people had gathered to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
A bomb was detonated at a school police were using as a checkpoint before Molotov cocktails were thrown and gunfire was exchanged between terrorists and police, killing four and injuring seven on Thursday.
People wait to board trains as they travel to their villages ahead of the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations at the Airport Railway Station in Dhaka, Bangladesh, hours before the attack in Kishoreganj.
Local TV station Somoy TV broadcast footage of the gunfight and reported the slain policeman had been hacked to death.
It’s understood the terrorists were hiding inside the school, less than a mile away from the 200,000 Muslims celebrating Eid.
The target could have been the liberal Maulana Farid-uddin Masud, the chief cleric of the main mosque in Kishoreganj, who has led a campaign against Islamist radicals in the country, according to Hindustan Times.
He was descending at the prayer by helicopter when the terrorists struck.
Mahbubur Rahman, a police officer in the district control room, said: ‘They threw a bomb at a police checkpost. A police constable was killed in the explosion. One attacker was killed and another was arrested.’
Tofazzal Hosain, who is the district’s deputy police chief, said several people had taken part in the attack and some had been armed with machetes – a hallmark of recent Islamist killings in Bangladesh.
‘They first threw a small bomb targeting police and then attacked them with machetes. Police retaliated by returning gunfire,’ he said.