07/08/2016, 14.20
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Eid al-Fitr attack: police arrest four people

One of those arrested is a student of a madrassa in Dinajpur. Investigators said he came to the rally "by order of his tribal chief, who assigned him the task." Yesterday four people were killed in the attack, including two policemen, and nine injured. The Islamic rally was attended by 200 thousand faithful.


Dhaka (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Police in Bangladesh have arrested four people who yesterday threw bombs at a police checkpoint in Sholakia, in Kishoreganj district, set up to ensure security for the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Ramadan. Among those arrested, there is also a young man of 19 (see photo), student of a madrassa in Dinajpur. He told investigators he came to the rally "by order of my tribal chief, who assigned me the task."

Yesterday a group criminals stormed a place in front of the block to the Azim Uddin High School, about a kilometer away from the rally of 200 thousand people. The faithful were about to begin the prayer for the end of the Muslim fasting month, when the attackers first threw bombs, then triggered a shootout with agents. The toll was 4 victims, including two policemen, and nine wounded.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the highest offices of state condemned the act, still unclaimed by the Islamist group. The police however believes that the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group is behind the attack.

The attackers detonated crude bombs, but have not targeted civilians present. Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman, deputy inspector general of Dhaka police, said: "If these terrorists had reached the rally, they would have caused hundreds of victims".

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