Lonely Planet Writer

Temple bombing marks new phase in Bangladesh violence

The bombing on Saturday of a famous Hindu temple in the town of Dinajpur marks a new front in the growing political violence in Bangladesh.

Dinajpur bombings marks new phase in Bangladesh violence.
Dinajpur bombings marks new phase in Bangladesh violence. Image by Fredrik Rubensson / CC BY-SA 2.0

A bomb planted near a dance podium at the ancient Kantaji Mandir exploded during the temple’s annual mela (festival) celebrations, wounding six devotees. The government has been reluctant to link the bombing to other recent attacks, but suspicion must inevitably fall on the Islamist groups who have murdered foreigners, Shia Muslims and secular bloggers in a string of deadly attacks in recent months. The regional government has advised tourists against travelling to Dinajpur because of the risk of further violence. Read more: thedailystar.net