1 Dead And 3 Injured In Daesh Claims Attack On Mosque In Bangladesh
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The Daesh militants has claimed responsibility for an attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh that killed one and wounded three others, the US-based monitoring organisation SITE said on Friday. The attackers struck during evening prayers on Thursday, a day after police shot dead a top Islamist militant accused of hurling grenades at the country’s main Shiite shrine in the capital Dhaka last month, killing two people.

"The attackers entered the mosque and opened fire on the devotees after locking the main gate and then fled immediately after the shooting," police official Ahsan Habib said.  Witnesses said three young attackers stormed into the mosque and shot at worshippers indiscriminately when they were praying.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a rise in Islamist violence in recent months, with two foreigners, four secular writers and a publisher killed this year. Some of the attacks have been claimed by the hardline Daesh militants. The government rejects those claims and says local militants are involved in the killings. Critics say the government is whipping up a climate of fear to go after its political rivals.

Daesh militants also claimed responsibility for the bombing on the Shi'ite shrine in Dhaka on October 24, the first such attack on Shia community in the country. Police said on Thursday home-grown militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen was behind the attack and arrested five members of the banned outfit while main suspect, the head of the military wing of the group, was killed in a gunfight last night.

"They were involved in various subversive activities including attacks on a police checkpoint and Shi'ite gatherings during Ashura," Police joint commissioner Monirul Islam told a news conference as the men were brought out in handcuffs. Tensions have rising since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on militants, putting several leaders on trial for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.



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