27 June 2017

News Story: Terror-gripped Bangladesh celebrates Eid amid tightened security

DHAKA, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi Muslims celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with religious fervor amid unprecedented tight security to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Dressed in traditional clothes, Muslims offered special prayers Monday morning, seeking divine blessings, peace, progress and prosperity in Eid congregations across the country.

The main Eid congregation in the capital of Dhaka was held at the national Eidgah (open-air enclosure reserved for Eid prayers) where Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid and ministers, lawmakers and elite of the society prayed.

Like past years, the country's largest Eid congregation was held at Sholakia in Kishoreganj district, some 117 km northeast of Dhaka, which came under a deadly militant attack during last Eid occasion.

Two people, including a policeman and an attacker, were killed and 10 others, including several police personnel, were injured in several bomb explosions followed by exchange of gunfires between law enforcers and miscreants during last Eid day on July 7, 2016 at the entrance of Sholakia Eid prayer ground.

Against the backdrop of the attack, Bangladesh security authorities have taken unprecedented security measures for the country's largest Eidgah Sholakia, where hundreds of thousands of people offer prayers on the Eid day.

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