KISHOREGANJ, Bangladesh, July 7 (UPI) — Bombings and shootings at a police checkpoint outside a Bangladesh religious observance Thursday killed at least four people.
A congregation of an estimated 250,000 people gathered at Sholakia Eidhah, the National Eid Prayer Ground at Kishoreganj, for Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday ending the Ramadan holy month. Before morning prayers began, a group carrying guns and other weapons approached a security checkpoint and set off a bomb, said Tofazzel Hossain, a police superintendent.
Two police officers and one attacker were among four dead, police said. No organization has claimed responsibility, though Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu called the incident “against the normal practices of Islam” conducted by attackers attempting to “create a destabilization process to oust” the government.
Security at the prayer service was increased after an assault last week on an upscale Dhaka restaurant in which at least 20 people were killed. The Islamic State took responsibility for the attack and promised more instability within Bangladesh.