Gunmen attack Bangladesh mosque

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At least one person’s been killed in an attack by gunmen on a Shi’ite mosque in Bangladesh. Paul Chapman reports.

Gunmen attack Bangladesh mosque

This was the second attack on Bangladesh’s Shia Muslims in a month.

Witnesses said three gunmen burst into this mosque in Bogra and unleashed a hail of bullets as worshippers were praying.

At least one person’s been killed, three more were wounded.

It’s the latest incident in a wave of attacks in Muslim-majority Bangladesh which has seen a surge in Islamist violence.

Two foreigners, four secular writers and a publisher have been killed this year.

An Italian doctor working as a missionary’s been wounded and several Christian priests have received death threats.

In October a bomb at a Shi’ite shrine in Dhaka killed one person and wounded dozens.

The government’s dismissing Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for that and other attacks, blaming instead the home-grown militant Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group.

Critics say the government’s whipping up a climate of fear to go after its political rivals.

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