Bangladesh Gunbattle During Eid Prayers Leaves At Least Two Dead

July 7, 2016 8:04 AM

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NEW DELHI — Suspected radical Islamists in Bangladesh hurled homemade bombs and engaged in a gunbattle with police guarding a large Eid prayer at the end of the holy Muslim month Thursday morning. One officer and one suspected militant were killed, while several others were injured, officials said.

At least one of the bombs exploded during the prayer attended by hundreds of thousands of people at the sprawling Sholakia grounds in the district of Kishoreganj. The grounds hold the largest open-air gatherings for the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

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