ISIL claims attack on Shiite mosque in Bangladesh

Police say muezzin has been killed and three worshippers wounded in the shooting, a rare attack on minority Shiite Muslims

ISIL claims attack on Shiite mosque in Bangladesh

World Bulletin / News Desk

The ISIL group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, the U.S.-based monitoring organisation SITE said Friday.

The attackers entered the mosque in Shibganj, some 200 miles (125 kilometres) north of Dhaka, during early evening prayers on Thursday and opened fire on the gathered worshippers before fleeing.

Television footage showed the heavily guarded Shiite mosque with broken windows and blood stains on the floor.

Police said the muezzin had been killed and three worshippers wounded in the shooting, a rare attack on minority Shiite Muslims in the mainly Sunni nation.

Detectives say they are questioning two people over the shooting although they had not been formally arrested.

"We have picked up two Sunni locals for interrogation in connection to the shootout," Shibganj police chief Ahsan Habib said.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity, said on its website that the ISIL group had claimed responsibility in a message posted on Twitter.

Bangladeshi authorities have previously said there is no evidence that ISIL extremists are active in the country. 

However, the group has claimed a series of attacks in Bangladesh, including the shooting and wounding of an Italian priest and the killing of a Sufi Muslim shrine chief, both this month.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Kasım 2015, 14:47
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