Bangladesh bomb attacks kill boy and injure 100

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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A 12-year-old boy has died and more than 100 others were injured when attackers hurled home-made bombs at thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered for a traditional procession in Bangladesh’s capital.

The bombing happened at Huseni Dalan, an important 17th-century centre of learning for the minority Shiite community, where 25,000 people had gathered in the old part of Dhaka.

At least five bombs were thrown, police said. Three exploded and two were recovered. Police chief Aziz Ahmed said many of the injured were being treated at local hospitals.

Nazimun Nesa, a doctor at the state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said the boy died from shrapnel wounds before he reached hospital. “The condition of most of the injured is stable,” she said.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks but p olice arrested two people at the scene immediately after the blasts and were questioning them, said Mr Ahmed.

“Given the nature of attacks, I think this has been done to create chaos in the country. It is sabotage,” said Dhaka’s senior police official Asaduzzamn Mia. “But it is clear that it was a planned attack.”

Shiite Muslims are a minority in the Sunni-dominated country, but they are generally not discriminated against and attacks are virtually unheard of.

The procession was to commemorate Ashoura, a 10-day ritual when Shiites mark the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

“This is unprecedented. We have been observing this for ages but we never faced anything like this,” Feroz Hossain, the curator of the building, said.

He said about 25,000 people including women and children had gathered there at about 2am local time to start the procession that usually marched through major streets.

Colonel Ziaul Ahsan of the special anti-crime agency Rapid Action Battalion, said officers were collecting evidence and a team from the police criminal investigation department was examining the scene.

Police are also studying CCTV footage that had been installed in and around the shrine.

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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