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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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Thousands Displaced as SDF Targeting Civilians Advances on Last IS Territory in Syria

Bali said the second obstacle for the SDF forces is that IS has a number of hostages who had been arrested and detained by the militants.

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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands atop a hill in the desert outside the village of Baghuz, Syria, Feb. 14, 2019. VOA

Islamic State (IS) fighters are targeting civilians who are trying to flee the last territory held by the terror group in eastern Syria, U.S.-backed forces told VOA on Thursday.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed Kurdish-led alliance, said that IS militants hit a road used by civilians to escape violence as the battle to free the town of Baghuz in Syria’s Deir el-Zour province enters its sixth day.

“IS has blocked that road to prevent civilians from coming to the SDF,” SDF fighter Ali Ahmed said. “They have targeted civilians there, but we have responded to their attacks against civilians.”

Ahmed said that some families of IS fighters are among the fleeing civilians.

Located near the Iraqi border, Baghuz is the last stronghold held by IS extremists in Syria. With the help of the U.S.-led coalition, SDF fighters have pushed out IS from all territories it once held since 2014.

Fierce fighting between IS militants and the U.S.-backed fighters continues as the latter try to gain ground on Baghuz on several fronts.

“We have two main obstacles as we advance on Baghuz,” Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesperson, told VOA. “The first one is that [IS] terrorists are holding on to a number of civilians to use them as a bargain chip for their exit.”

Bali said the second obstacle for the SDF forces is that IS has a number of hostages who had been arrested and detained by the militants.

IS controls about 5 square kilometers of territory inside the Syrian town, local military officials said.

“It seems that even the Americans are trying to rescue those civilians and hostages from IS,” Hasib said in a phone interview. VOA

Ivan Hasib, a Syrian reporter covering the battle, told VOA that he witnessed an unusual movement by U.S. military vehicles in the area.

“It seems that even the Americans are trying to rescue those civilians and hostages from IS,” Hasib said in a phone interview.

He said the remaining IS fighters in Baghuz are hoping to exchange hostages for a safe exit into the Iraqi desert.

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“There must be some sort of negotiations between IS and SDF about the hostages, because even [U.S.-led] coalition airstrikes have stopped since Tuesday night,” Hasib said, adding that SDF fighters were forced to pause their military operations on the northeastern front in Baghuz.

“We can’t start marching toward it from this side because of civilians. Many civilians are using this road to this side. So we’re here to protect them,” Mezlum Kobani, an SDF commander, told VOA.

According to SDF officials, more than 5,000 civilians have been rescued from IS in Baghuz. (VOA)