Militant behind attacks on Bangladesh Shias killed

Dhaka, Nov 26 (IANS) The militant, suspected of being a key man planning bombings on Ashura mourning procession in Bangladesh last month, has been “killed in shootout”, a senior police official claimed on Thursday.

Monirul Islam, a detective branch official of Bangladesh Police, said the alleged planner, Al Bani alias Hojja, of the attacks which killed two people and left over 100 injured, was killed during a raid in a Dhaka area late Wednesday night, Xinhua reported.

Hojja, a leader of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, along with others carried out attacks on October 24 on Bangladeshi Shias in old Dhaka’s Hussaini Dalan, a major venue for the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar.

IS claimed responsibility for the explosions in an online statement. However, Bangladesh police have maintained it was the handiwork of “local extremists”.

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