Crude bombs blasted in Bangladesh Hindu temple, ten injured

December 7, 2015 OPINION/NEWS

By

Sheuli Akter

Ten people were hurt, six critically, as three crude bombs blasted in a Hindu temple early on Saturday morning in the northwestern Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.

A Dinajpur district police official said miscreants blasted three bombs at about 1:30 am (local time) on the premises of the century old Kantaji temple, one of the most magnificent Hindu religious edifices in Bangladesh.

Hundreds of Hindu people gathered there to watcthe annual jatra (open air drama) show, said the official who preferred to be unnamed as he is not authorized to talk to media.

Dinajpur district is 338 km northwest of the capital Dhaka.

The police official stated that all the inured were rushed to a  hospital in the district for treatment.

Of the injured, he said the condition of six was critical.

Seven people were reportedly arrested in connection for their alleged involvement with the incident.

No local or foreign extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack which took place weeks after bombings on Bangladeshi Shias’ Ashura mourning procession gatherings, leaving two people dead and more than one hundred injured.

ISIS had claimed responsibility for the bombings, but the Bangladesh Police said it was the handiwork of local banned extremist group, JMB, campaigning for the establishment of Islamic rule in Bangladesh.

Saturday’s blast incident also followed the killing of an Italian aid worker in late September and a Japanese citizen in early October in Bangladesh.

Both were also claimed by the Islamic State.

The Muslim-majority country also suffered a rising tide of Islamist violence in recent times when five secular writers including a US citizen of Bangladesh origin were hacked to death.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheuli Akter

Sheuli Akter, from Bangladesh, is a Special Correspondent and Editor of NsNewsWire, (Bangladesh’s First Press Newswire).  Previously she had worked for Bangladesh’ top news agency, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) and top newspaper (now defunct) The Bangladesh Observer. She also gained an honourable mention in the first ever World Media Summit WMS Awards for ‘Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries’, receiving the award in Beijing in January 2015.

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