Bombing at Bangladeshi holy shrine

Two people have been killed and 27 others injured in a bomb attack at a crowded Muslim shrine in northeastern Bangladesh.

    Bangladesh has a majority Muslim population

    A 14-year-old boy and an unidentified woman were killed instantly by the blast, which went off near the shrine at about 15:30 GMT on Monday, leaving a large crater in the ground.
     
    The blast sparked scenes of panic at the Hazrat Shah-Jalal shrine complex, which was packed with several thousand worshippers for a Muslim saint's festival.

    Police said the "quite powerful" bomb was buried in soil near the complex. The shrine had been evacuated and officers were searching for more explosive devices, said a police source who did not want to be named.
     
    No arrests had been made and police did not known who may have planted the bomb or why.

    About a dozen people have died in unexplained explosions in the country in recent years.

    The large Hazrat Shah-Jalal shrine, in the Sylhet tea-growing district, is a well-known landmark in Bangladesh.

    SOURCE: AFP


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