Suicide Bomber Sets Off Blast in Bangladesh Mosque

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 25, 2015 Updated: December 25, 2015

NEW DELHI—An explosion in a mosque of a minority Muslim sect on Friday killed a suspected bomber and wounded three other people in Bangladesh’s northwest, police said.

The blast appeared to be a suicide attack by a young man during Friday’s weekly prayer in the mosque in Bagmara area in Rajshahi district, 240 kilometers ( 150 miles) northwest of the capital, Dhaka, said local police chief Motiar Rahman.

The minority Ahmadiya sect appeared to be the target of the attack, he said.

Rahman said that the villagers couldn’t recognize the dead as he appeared to have come from elsewhere.

Bangladesh has some 100,000 Ahmadiyas among its 160 million people in a Sunni-majority nation.