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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
  • 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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People Use Hate Speech While Searching About Terrorism on Social Media

People post hate speech while seeking answers on terrorism

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People often resort to using hate speech when searching about terrorism on a community group social media platform. Pixabay

People often resort to using hate speech when searching about terrorism on a community group social media platform, say researchers.

According to Snehasish Banerjee, lecturer at the York Management School, University of York, it appears seems that people are really curious to know about terrorists, what terrorists think, their ideas, etc.

“While portrayed as a threat to society and human civilisation by mainstream media, terrorists sell terrorism as freedom fighting via social networking sites and private messaging platforms,” said Banerjee.

“However, the actual workings of terrorism are largely shrouded in secrecy. For the curious, a convenient avenue to turn to is the community question answering sites”.

Community question answering sites (CQAs) are social media platforms where users ask questions, answer those submitted by others, and have the option to evaluate responses. Previous studies have mainly looked at terrorism-related data drawn from Facebook and Twitter, this was the first to examine trends on the CQA site, Yahoo! Answers.

Social Media terrorism
While portrayed as a threat to society and human civilisation by mainstream media, terrorists sell terrorism as freedom fighting via social media platforms. Pixabay

The University of York study explored the use of Yahoo! Answers on the topic of terrorism and looked at a dataset of 300 questions that attracted more than 2,000 answers. The questions reflected the community’s information needs, ranging from the life of extremists to counter-terrorism policies. Sensitive questions outnumbered innocuous ones.

A typical innocuous question was: Who exactly created ISIS?, while a more sensitive question was: Do you agree with Donald Trump that we should ban Muslims coming from countries seized by ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terrorists? According to the findings, sensitive questions were significantly more likely to be submitted anonymously than innocuous ones.

While no significant difference arose with respect to answers, the paper found that identities were seldom recognisable. Using names non-traceable to themselves, the community group users become embolden to use provocative, inflammatory or uncivil language. “We found that answers were laden with negative emotions reflecting hate speech and Islamophobia, making claims that were rarely verifiable,” said Banerjee.

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Users who posted sensitive questions and answers generally tended to remain anonymous.

“This paper calls for governments and law enforcement agencies to collaborate with major social media companies, including CQAs, to develop a process for cross-platform blacklisting of users and content, as well as identifying those who are vulnerable,” the authors noted in the Aslib Journal of Information Management. (IANS)