Six people were killed and nearly 40 others injured, including a top intelligence officer, in two powerful blasts outside a building occupied by the Islamist militants as commandos prepared for a final assault to flush them out in Sylhet city in Bangladesh, police said today.
The first blast happened around 7:00 pm. Yesterday about 400 metres off the five-storey building where the militants were holed up. It targeted the huge crowd witnessing the operation codenamed ‘Twilight’ and policemen deployed there.
Another blast took place in front of the hideout an hour later.
Six people including two police officers were killed in the attack. The dead included two police inspectors and four onlookers, two of them being college students.
Hours later the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its propaganda news agency ‘Amaq’.
The target of the attack was security forces, it said.
This was the third attack in Bangladesh in eight days for which the ISIS claimed credit.
Elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Intelligence Wing chief Lt Col Abul Kalam was seriously wounded in blasts and flown to Dhaka for treatment.(read more)