Three worshippers and a muezzin were killed when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) hordes entered a Shia mosque and fired on the worshippers in northern Bangladesh.
The US-based intelligence group, SITE on 27 Novermber said the attackers rushed into the mosque in Shibganj, 125 km north of Dhaka, during evening prayers on 26 November and fired indiscriminately on the gathered worshippers, before escaping.
The intelligence group, which monitors terrorist activity, said on its website that the ISIS, in a tweet, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Television footage showed the heavily-guarded Shia mosque with broken windows and blood stains on the floor.
Detectives say they are questioning two people over the shooting though they havebn’t been arrested. “We have picked up two Sunni locals for interrogation,” said Shibganj police chief Ahsan Habib.
The ISIS attackers in Shibganj struck a day after the police shot dead a top Islamist terrorist for hurling grenades at a Bangladesh’s main Shia shrine in Dhaka last month, killing two people.
The bombing is believed to be the first attack on Shias in Bangladesh, though banned Islamist terrorist groups have killed more than a dozen Sufi Muslims and attacked Hindus and Christians in the last two years.
Speaking after the attack, Shia leader Mir Zulfiqar Ali said there was a rising sense of fear among the Shia community. All we can do is to condemn such attacks and ask for extra security from the government at our mosques and shrines,”
Meanwhile, security has been stepped up across Bangladesh.