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IS claim responsibility for Bagmara, Rajshahi mosque blast?


Dhaka – The Islamic State group on Saturday reportedly claimed responsibility for an attack at a mosque of the minority Ahmadiyya Muslims in Rajshahi, in which the suspected bomber died and at least three others were injured.
US-based monitoring organisation SITE reported that the IS group, which has claimed responsibility for a number of recent attacks in Bangladesh, said it had targeted worshippers during Friday prayers.
The bomber detonated an explosive belt at a mosque of the “polytheist Qadiani sect,” a derogatory term for Ahmadi Muslims, the monitoring organisation quoted IS as saying.
Meanwhile, the youth killed in Friday’s bomb blast on the Ahmadiyya mosque in Mochmoil area of Bagmara upazila was carrying the bomb, said an autopsy report on Saturday.Enamul Haque, a lecturer of Forensic Department of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, conducted the autopsy and confirmed that the deceased youth was carrying the bomb.
According to the reported IS statement “dozens” of worshippers were injured or killed at the mosque in the northwestern town of Bagmara, but police said on Friday only three had been injured.
The bomb blast at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat mosque in Bagmara, some 250 kilometres (150 miles) from the capital Dhaka, occurred as nearly 100 people were gathered for Friday prayers, police said.
IS has claimed a series of recent attacks in Bangladesh, including the shooting of three foreigners, two of whom died, and the killing of a Sufi Muslim shrine chief in November.
The jihadists also claimed an attack at a Shiite mosque in the north of the country last month in which the muezzin was killed and three worshippers injured-though some experts have expressed scepticism about the claims.
Police blame the homegrown militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for the recent violence while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government accuses the main opposition party and its Islamist ally of trying to trigger anarchy. The parties deny the claims.
Analysts say Islamist extremists pose a growing danger in conservative Bangladesh and that a long-running political crisis has radicalised opponents of the government.
The youth killed in the bomb blast bore serious injury marks on his body, Dr Enamul of forensic department told reporters after the autopsy.
Doctors also found four sprinters in his liver and serious wounds in his left hand, he said.
Dr Enamul also said if the identity of the deceased cannot be confirmed by Saturday then it will be handed over to voluntary organisation Quantum Foundation for his burial.
Meanwhile, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) had detained two people from Mochmoil area for interrogation in connection with the blast, but released them later as they did not find their involvement in the incident.
Besides, police on Friday night filed a case against some unidentified people in connection with the explosionh, said officer-in-charge of Bagmara Police Station Matiar Rahman.
Ten others injured in the explosion. Police said the bomb suddenly went off when the youth tried to free it from his waist in a bid to detonate it while devotees were offering their Juma’ prayers in the mosque of the Ahmadiyya community, leaving him dead on the spot. – Agencies


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