Bangladeshi politician killed in blast

Unidentified assailants hurled three bombs at a tea shop in western Bangladesh, killing a ruling party politician and wounding three of his friends, a police official said.

    Police say the attack is still under investigation (File photo)
    Kajal Mahmud, a local leader of the governing Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was killed instantly in the attack late on Sunday in Meherpur district, said Awlad Husain, the local police chief.

    The official said on Monday that Mahmud and three friends were having tea in Babundi village market when about four masked men on two motorbikes threw the bombs at them and then fled
    .

    The friends were injured and were being treated in a hospital in Meherpur town, 175km west of national capital Dhaka, Husain said.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. No one has been arrested.

    Meherpur is a farming region, where Maoist fighters operate. Police say that the rebels attack wealthy people who refuse to pay them extortion money.

    Husain said police were also investigating a possible link to the banned Islamic group Jamatul Mujahidin Bangladesh.

    The organisation wants to establish Islamic law in Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim nation governed by secular laws.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Trump's Middle East plan: Decoding a century of failed deals

    Trump's Middle East plan: Decoding a century of failed deals

    Al Jazeera read all 181 pages of 'the deal of the century', comparing its language with 100 years of failed agreements.

    We foreigners: What it means to be Bengali in India's Assam

    We foreigners: What it means to be Bengali in India's Assam

    As tensions over India's citizenship law shine a light on Assam, a writer explores the historical tensions in the state.

    Sentenced to death for blasphemy: Surviving Pakistan's death row

    Sentenced to death for blasphemy: Surviving Pakistan's death row

    The story of a man who spent 19 years awaiting execution reveals the power of a false blasphemy claim to destroy a life.