Dhaka: Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for bombings that targeted Shias in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on Saturday, the monitor group SITE said. It cited Islamic State as saying “soldiers of the Caliphate in Bangladesh” detonated explosive devices in Dhaka during “polytheist rituals”.
Earlier on Saturday, a series of blasts killed at least one person and wounded dozens as Shia Muslims gathered for a procession in the old part of Bangladesh’s capital to mark the holy day of Ashura, police said.
However, Bangladesh’s interior minister told that no militants were involved and the blasts were not linked to an attack that killed 16 people at a Shia procession in Pakistan hours earlier.
Police searched the area and four suspects had been arrested. Witnesses said people fled after blasts, losing their flip-flops and sandals in the panic. Attacks on the Shia minority have been rare in Sunni-majority Bangladesh, but Sunni militant groups have become more active.