Dhaka – Three Islamist militants, including chief of a banned terrorist outfit, were executed in Bangladesh for a shrine attack that killed three people in north-eastern city of Sylhet in 2004, officials said on Wednesday.
Chief of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Abdul Hannan alias Mufti Hannan and his associate Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul were hanged at Kashimpur jail while the other was executed in a prison facility in Sylhet.
Senior superintended of Kashimpur jail Mizanur Rahman told reporters that Hannan and Bipul was hanged in the prison at night.
“The execution was carried out at 10pm inside Kashimpur jail,” he said adding that bodies of the militants will be handed to their families for burial.
Delwar Hossain Ripon, also a member of the militant outfit, was executed at the same time in a prison facility of Sylhet, according to district jail officer Sagir Mia.
Hannan and his associates were convicted of carrying out the attack that killed three people, including two police officers, and injured more than 50 people.
Former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Anwar Choudhury, was among the in injured as he was visiting the historic shrine in the north-eastern city of Sylhet, his birthplace.
Investigators said the Islamists threw the grenades at Choudhury as he left a mosque near the shrine following Friday Muslim prayers. Choudhury is serving as British High Commissioner now in a Latin American country.
The convicts filed petitions seeking presidential mercy after the Supreme Court last month upheld the death sentence pronounced by a local court in 2008.
The President rejected the petitions.
Hannan, who is also known as Mufti Hannan, is blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, including an attempt on the life of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.