Bangladesh Police Officer’s Wife Shot Dead In Suspected Terrorist Attack


Dhaka: The wife of a police official known for his role in curbing extremism was shot dead in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, in what police suspected was the latest in a series of attacks by Islamists in the majority-Muslim nation.

Three men riding a motorcycle shot Mahmuda Aktar, 33, when she was on her way home after putting her son onto a school bus in the port city of Chittagong, said Humayan Kabir, additional deputy police commissioner of Chittagong.

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They shot her in the head three times, Kabir told Reuters by telephone. There might be a terrorist link as her husband Babul Aktar, superintendent of police, played an important role in apprehending top militants, Kabir said.

Islamist extremists in Bangladesh have carried out a series of killings since early last year, with liberal bloggers, academics and members of religious minorities among their victims.