Dhaka: Two policemen and a suspected terrorist were killed and six persons injured today after bombs went off triggering a gunfight between police and militants near Bangladesh's biggest Eid gathering in the north of the country.
Bombs exploded near an Eid prayer gathering in Sholakia in Kishoreganj district where at least 200,000 people had gathered, police said.
Police said several have been injured in the blasts at Azimuddin High School gate, a kilometre away from the ground, around 9am on Thursday.
Police said one constable was dead and at least six others were injured.
One suspected attacker was also reported to have been killed in an exchange of fire with police at the blast site as roads in the area were cordoned off, local news portal bdnews24.com reported.
RAB said another suspect with bullet wounds has been detained from the spot and taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH).
The blasts caused panic among the thousands who were beginning to gather near the ground. But the prayers were not disrupted, said Kishoreganj ASP Obaidul Hasan.
“That was probably a crude bomb. The facts are still unclear,” he said.
The blasts follow the deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh, the killing of 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, at an upscale restaurant in the heart of the capital’s diplomatic estate.