Dhaka – At least four people, including two policemen, were killed after suspected terrorists exploded homemade bombs on law enforcement near an Eid congregation site in northern Bangladeshi district of Kishoreganj, police said Thursday.
Twelve others were also injured as the lawmen fought a gun-battle with the terrorists near Sholakia ground, 90 kilometers north-east of capital Dhaka where tens of thousands of people throng to join the annual eid prayers.
Mohammad Mufti Mahmud Khan, spokesman of crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion, said two of the dead are policemen, one suspected terrorist and the other is a local woman.
The terrorists exploded homemade bombs at a security outpost 500 yards outside the congregation venue when law enforcements were conducting searches on the way to prayers venue.
The attackers also used sharp weapons to chop the policemen.
The explosion left two lawmen killed on the scene prompting the police to fire gunshots in retaliation. The terrorists too fired their guns while trying to escape leaving a woman and a suspect dead.
Two suspects were captured with guns, Khan said. But he could not confirm identity of the terrorists.
“We are still quizzing the suspects and conducting searches to sweep the area in case the attackers leave any unexploded bombs on the scene,” the officer said.
Chief of district police Anwar Hossain Khan also confirmed the death toll.
The bomb struck on the day of Eid al-Fitr, which the Muslims celebrate with fanfare after the fasting month of Ramadan.
Police also captured two suspects on the scene after they exploded the bombs, said an intelligence officer in the district.
A group of six terrorists carried out the attack on the lawmen guarding the ways to the congregation site at Solakia, he said adding that eight people sustained injuries were rushed to Dhaka for improved treatment.
Paramilitary troops from Border Guard Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion put the area cordoned off.
One of the dead was a 35-year-old policeman, said Abu Sayem, a local police chief adding that the security forces recovered a machete and a loaded handgun at the scene.
Meer Mosharraf Hossain, another police officer said the explosions occurred at the gate of a local school near a congregation area a few minutes before prayers began.
The bomb attack came following last week’s terror attack on a restaurant in Dhaka that resulted in the deaths of 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, and two police officers.
Islamic State militants claimed the responsibility of the previous attacks, which Bangladesh trashed saying local militants carried out the attacks.
No one claimed responsibility of the latest attack.