Prez Mukherjee Strongly Condemns Kishoreganj Terror Attack


New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terrorist attack during an Eid prayer at Kishoreganj in Bangladesh on Thursday, which claimed four lives.

In a statement, President Mukherjee said, “I am shocked and distressed to hear about the terrorist attack in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh, today on the day of Eid. I condemn the perpetrators of this attack in the strongest of terms.” This is the second terrorist attack in Bangladesh in the span of a week.

“The people and Government are engaged in a brave struggle against the evil forces of extremism and violence. The Government of India will strongly stand by our brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in this fight. We will extend every support possible to enable the Bangladesh Government defeat these forces whose goal is to spread hatred, chaos and instability,” said the President, while promising India’s unflinching support.

An explosion took place during an Eid prayer at the Sholakia field of Kishoreganj town around 9:45 a.m. local time, where people gather each year for Eid congregation. It is said to be the country’s largest Eid congregation.

The attack came days after the terror attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan area, claimed 22 lives, including 17 foreigners. The attack drew worldwide condemnation.

The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the incident and even warned of more attacks in Bangladesh.