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Terror Strikes Again: Two people killed at Eid congregation in Bangladesh

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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A Data Project To Predict Human Trafficking Before It Occurs By Corporate Giants

Along with IBM and Western Union, participants include Europol, Europe's law enforcement agency is also included

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Computer giant IBM Corp., financial services company Western Union
Co. and European police launched a project Thursday to share financial data that they said may one day be able to predict human trafficking before it occurs.

The shared data hub will collect information on money moving around the world and compare it with known ways that traffickers move their illicit gains, highlighting red flags signaling potential trafficking, organizers said.

“We will build and aggregate that material, using IBM tools, into an understanding of hot spots and routes and trends,” said Neil Giles, a director at global anti-slavery group Stop the Traffik, which is participating in the project.

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Ethnic Uighur Muslim boy stands inside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand. He was in a group of 200 people rescued from a human trafficking camp. VOA

Data collection, digital tools and modern technology are the latest weapons in the fight against human trafficking, estimated to be a $150 billion-a-year global business, according to the International Labor Organization.

The U.N. has set a goal of 2030 for ending forced labor and modern slavery worldwide, with more than 40 million people estimated to be enslaved around the world.

Certain patterns and suspicious activity might trigger a block of a transaction or an investigation into possible forced labor or sex slavery, organizers said.

The project will utilize IBM’s internet cloud services as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning to compare data and to spot specific trafficking terms, said Sophia Tu, director of IBM Corporate Citizenship.

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The project will utilize IBM’s internet cloud services

With a large volume of high-quality data, the hub one day may predict trafficking before it happens, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“You can’t do it today because we’re in the process of building out that amount of data and those capabilities, but it’s in the road map for what we want to do,” she said.

While law enforcement is teaming up with banks and data specialists to chase trafficking, experts have cautioned that it can be a cat-and-mouse game in which traffickers quickly move on to new tactics to elude capture.

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Also, less than 1 percent of the estimated $1.5 trillion-plus laundered by criminals worldwide each year through the financial system is frozen or confiscated, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Along with IBM and Western Union, participants include Europol, Europe’s law enforcement agency; telecommunications giant Liberty Global; and British banks Barclays and Lloyds, organizers said. (VOA)