Bombs hit Eid celebrations in Bangladesh


Bombs hit Eid celebrations in Bangladesh

At least one police officer was killed and five more injured when suspected Islamist militants hurled bombs near a mass prayer gathering to mark the end of Ramadan in Bangladesh Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of people were celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the northern district of Kishoreganj when assailants threw homemade bombs at police officers standing guard.

One of the attackers was also killed in clashes that followed the explosion.

The attackers were reportedly carrying machetes – a favored weapon of Islamist militants in the South Asian country, who have attacked religious minorities, LGBT persons, liberal thinkers, and professors.

Attacks in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, the United States, and other countries have killed more than 350 people during the holy month of Ramadan.

Bangladesh is still dealing with the aftermath of the hostage taking by Islamic militants at a cafe in Dhaka last week that left 28 people dead.

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