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Bangladesh blast, gun battle kill 4 during Eid prayers

Bangladesh blast, gun battle kill 4 during Eid prayers

Islamic extremists in Bangladesh hurled homemade bombs and engaged in a gun battle with police guarding a large Eid prayer service at the end of the holy Muslim month Thursday morning. Two officers, a woman and one suspected militant were killed, while at least 12 other people were injured, officials said.

At least one of the bombs exploded during the prayer attended by hundreds of thousands of people at the sprawling Sholakia grounds in the district of Kishoreganj, about 60 miles north of the capital of Dhaka. The grounds hold the country's largest open-air gatherings for the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

After the blast...

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