DAESH claims Bangladesh Ahmadi mosque attack

Islamic State Claims Bangladesh Ahmadi Mosque Attack

Police guard the entrance to an Ahmadi mosque in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. (Photo: © Reuters)

December 27, 2015http://www.clarionproject.org/news/islamic-state-claims-bangladesh-ahmadi-mosque-attack

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on December 26 for asuicide bombing attack on an Ahmadi mosque in Bangladesh.

An ISIS bomber detonated an explosive belt at the mosque on Christmas Day, ,Al-Arabiya reported. According to the Islamic State, ‘dozens’ were killed and injured, but according to the police only three people were injured.

At the time of the attack, some 70 people were in the mosque, which is in Bagmara,  around 170 miles from the capital Dhaka.

The Islamic State carried out other attacks in Bangladesh, including shootings in different locations, according to Al-Arabiya.

The attacks on secular and rationalist bloggers that rocked the country in 2015 were carried out by a different group, Ansarullah Bangla Team.

Ahmaddiya Muslims are a heterodox sect, which is regarded as heretical by mainstream Sunni Muslims because of the belief that the founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, is the messiah. The sect is therefore widely persecuted.

To learn more about the Islamic State, see Clarion Project’s Special Report: The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL)

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