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Over 300,000 Muslims gathered at Sholakia Ground to offer Eid prayers, were trapped in the middle of sporadic gunshots being fired between cops and militants

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Incidents happened at Kishorganj. Image Source: AP
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  • A policeman and an assailant were killed on Thursday in an explosion, just before prayers began at Bangladesh’s largest Eid congregation
  • The attacker was killed after police exchanged heavy gunfire with him and his accomplices
  • The attack came about a week after the terror strike at a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic Gulshan enclave on July 1 

DHAKA: A policeman and an assailant were killed on Thursday, July 7, in an explosion aimed at a police contingent guarding the Sholakia Ground in Kishoreganj district, just before prayers began at Bangladesh’s largest Eid congregation.

Explosion happened after Eid prayers. Image Source: AFP
An explosion happened after Eid prayers. Image Source: AFP

Police said at least 12 others were injured in the blasts at Azimuddin High School gate, a kilometre away from the ground, at around 9 a.m., bdnews24 reported.

The attacker was killed after police exchanged heavy gunfire with him and his accomplices.

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Constable Jahurul Haque, 30, was declared dead after he was rushed to a local hospital, said Deputy Civil Surgeon Habibur Rahman.

Witnesses said over 300,000 Muslims, who had gathered at Sholakia Ground to offer Eid prayers, were trapped in the middle of sporadic gunshots being fired between cops and militants.

Policeman was found dead after explosion. Image Source: Reuters
Policeman was found dead after explosion. Image Source: Reuters

According to initial probe reports, a group of six to seven people led the attack on policemen when the law enforcers were frisking people going into the prayer ground.

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They attacked the policemen with sharp weapons and blasted some bombs at the scene.

The attack came about a week after the terror strike at a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic Gulshan enclave on July 1 in which 20 people, including 18 foreigners, and two police officers were killed. (IANS)

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  • AJ Krish

    Why would they resort to so much violence on the day of a holy festival? They fight in the name of their God yet they kill during a time of worship.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Again people were attacked after Eid prayer. A similar incident took place at Prophet Mosque in Medina. These acts are loose ends to the security system and are need to be repaired to protect people.

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  • AJ Krish

    Why would they resort to so much violence on the day of a holy festival? They fight in the name of their God yet they kill during a time of worship.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Again people were attacked after Eid prayer. A similar incident took place at Prophet Mosque in Medina. These acts are loose ends to the security system and are need to be repaired to protect people.

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First satellite launched by Bangladesh

It was successfully deployed at Bangladesh's specified orbit slot "within 36 minutes" of the launch and two ground stations in Bangladesh received test signals from it, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US.

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In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14 billion taka ($180 million) loan agreement with Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite.
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Bangladesh launched its first satellite, “Bangabandhu-1”, on Saturday, becoming the 57th nation in the world and fourth in South Asia after India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to own a satellite.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted the communication satellite, named after the Bangladesh founder, early in the morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida, bdnews24 reported.

It was successfully deployed at Bangladesh’s specified orbit slot “within 36 minutes” of the launch and two ground stations in Bangladesh received test signals from it, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US.

The launch was telecast live in Bangladesh, with experts saying it will serve as a milestone in the telecommunication sector.

“The satellite will be a great addition to our Information Technology heralding our entry into the Satellite Club of the world,” said Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a message.

"The satellite will be a great addition to our Information Technology heralding our entry into the Satellite Club of the world," said Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a message.
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“The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and telecommunications sector. With this launching, we’ve hoisted the Bangladesh flag in the space… entered a new era.”

She thanked the satellite building and launching company, the US and the French governments for their support. Hasina also praised Russia for renting its orbital slot to Bangladesh.

Experts said that the country’s first geostationary communication satellite will give extra space to the digitization process. It will help expand Internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas which still remained beyond the coverage.

Once the satellite becomes active at its orbital slot, it will be reportedly controlled from three stations in the US, Italy and South Korea for about a month. Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh.

In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14 billion taka ($180 million) loan agreement with Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country’s first-ever satellite.

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In November 2015, Bangladesh signed a 19.51 billion taka ($248 million) deal with French firm Thales Alenia Space for the satellite project.

The Bangladeshi government also purchased a 119.1 east longitude orbital slot from Russia-based Intersputnik for 15 years for $28 million. (IANS)