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One cop killed, 9 injured after blast at Bangladesh Eid prayers

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DHAKA — Almost a week after the gruesome Dhaka attack, a bomb explosion rocked Bangladesh’s Kishoreganj district today killing one policeman and leaving nine injured.

Police and local media said the blast occurred at a school outside the prayer ground at Sholakia Eidgah of Kishoreganj district where at least 200,000 people were gathered.

According to Dhaka Tribune, a hand bomb was thrown at policemen near Azim Uddin High School situated at a distance of around one kilometer from the Sholakia eidgah. The incident took place at 9:30 am in the morning.

The policeman has been identified as Zahirul Islam.

It was not immediately clear how many bombs may have exploded in the district of Kishoreganj, north of the capital of Dhaka. But police said at least one erupted at a prayer meeting where many had gathered for prayers on the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.

“One police constable is dead and at least five others were injured,” Mahbub, a police officer in the Kishoreganj control room, told AFP.

The private Somoy TV station broadcast footage of a gunfight between police and a group of attackers and reported the policeman had been hacked to death.

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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