One dead in suicide bomb attack at Bangladeshi mosque

Bomb blast at Bangladeshi mosque during Friday prayers kills one, injures at least three others

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Bangladeshi police said an alleged suicide bomb attack took place at a mosque run by Ahmadis, a minority Muslim group.

A bomb exploded at a mosque in Bangladesh during Friday prayers, leaving the suspected suicide bomber dead and injuring at least three other people, but other reports are stating number of injured is at least a dozen.  

The bomb blast occurred at a mosque run by the minority Ahmadiyya Muslim group in Bangladesh's northwestern town of Bagmara, police official Motiar Rahman said.

“We are investigating whether it was a suicide attack or the attacker himself died in the blast when he tried to throw the bomb,” he said.

Ahmad Tabshir Choudhury, a spokesman of the Ahmadiyya Muslim group said two unknown people came to the mosque and around 100 people were present when the bomb exploded.

"The bomb was detonated during the prayers. One of the two unknown people died. It appears that he was a suicide bomber," Choudhury told AFP.

No group has yet claimed responsibility, but in recent months, a domestic militant group, Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and DAESH terror group have taken credit for similar attacks.

Members of other minority groups, including Sufis, have also been attacked and killed, while atheist bloggers and a publisher were also hacked to death this year.

The government has denied DAESH’s presence in the country, as police have blamed JMB for the earlier attacks in the Muslim-majority nation.

TRTWorld and agencies