‘Suicide’ blast at AL lawmaker’s house

Three people were killed and two others were injured in a “suicide” bomb attack inside the house of Awami League lawmaker Afaz Uddin Ahmed at Taragunia in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia last night.

The ruling party lawmaker from Kushtia-1 constituency survived the attack with minor injuries.

The deceased are identified as Asmat Ali, acting headmaster of Taragunia High School, Jubo League activist Siddique, son of Bhaddar Ali of Taragunia, and the unnamed bomber.

The AL lawmaker said two bombs went off around 8:15pm soon after two unknown visitors entered his living room when he was talking to some high school teachers of his upazila.

One attacker blew himself up killing two people while another attacker fled, he told The Daily Star last night.

Asmat, who was sitting on the right of the lawmaker, was killed on the spot while Siddique succumbed to his wounds on his way to Kushtia General Hospital.

“I saw the two unknown youths stand up when I was talking to the teachers. Within a second, one of them blasted one of the bombs he had wrapped around his belly. The youth died on the spot,” said Afaz Uddin.

“The attack might have been carried out to kill me,” he said, adding that extremists might have involvement in this.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Mostafa Kamal said law enforcers had cordoned off the area. Police are investigating the incident, he added.

Police and Rab sources said they believe there were more attackers near the lawmakers’ house to carry out a well-planned attack.

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