Gunmen attack Shiite mosque in Bangladesh

One person killed, three others wounded in attack on Shiite mosque in Bangladesh that has been claimed by DAESH terror group

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

A man injured in an attack on a Shiite mosque is carried away for treatment in Bogra district, Bangladesh, November 26, 2015

Gunmen stormed a Shiite mosque located in Bangladesh’s Bogra district, killing one person and injuring at least three others on Thursday.

Police official Ahsan Habib said, "The attackers entered the mosque and opened fire on the devotees after locking the main gate and then fled immediately after the shooting."

During the incident, more than 20 worshippers were performing evening prayers at the Imam Khomeini mosque.

Bangladeshi police immediately identified the deceased as Moazzem Hossain, the mosque’s muezzin, who is responsible for calling Muslims to prayer.

According to the terror monitoring group SITE Intelligence, the DAESH terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released on its website.

The group has also claimed credit for a bomb attack that took place in Dhaka on October 24, targeting Shiite Muslims who attended an annual rally.

However, Bangladeshi authorities claim that the group is not active in the country, blaming local militant groups for the ongoing violence.

Bangladesh has been hit by several terror attacks since February, as four bloggers, a publisher, an Italian and a Japanese citizen have been killed.

TRTWorld and agencies