Bomb attack hits Hindu gathering in Bangladesh injuring six

Bomb attack on Hindu gathering in Bangladesh injures at least six people with three of them in critical condition

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Hindu devotees attend a gathering for the three-day-long Shiv Choturdoshi Puja festival at Adinath temple in Sitakundo, Bangladesh on February 22, 2009

After a series of bomb blasts on a Hindu religious gathering in northern Bangladesh on Saturday, at least six people were injured, with three of them in critical condition, a police official reported.

The incident took place as hundreds of people attended a religious ceremony known as “Rushmela” in Dinajpur district, 415km (260miles) north of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Abdul Mazid, the officer in-charge of Kahalur police station said.

Mazid also said that five people were detained for interrogation.

In recent days, the temple’s priest has been threatened, urging him not to organise any religious gatherings, Mazid said.

The attack came after an Italian doctor working in the same region was shot and injured last month and the earlier murders of an Italian and a Japanese citizen in separate attacks claimed by DAESH terrorist group.

Bomb attacks on Hindu religious gatherings are not common in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

Over the past year, Bangladesh has been suffering from escalating violence related to religion motivated attacks. Four online critics were hacked to death, one of them a US citizen of Bangladesh origin.

TRTWorld and agencies