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.