Jamaat leader confesses guilty to communal attack in Bangladesh

Dhaka: Jamaat-e-Islami leader Kamaluddin Abbasi has confessed guilty to his involvement in an attack on a Durga puja mandap in Bangladesh's Hajiganj earlier this month. He made the confession on Thursday evening in the court of Chandpur Senior Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Kamaluddin. In his statement, he also disclosed the names of the other persons involved in the incident, said Milan Mahmud, superintendent of Chandpur Police.

It was on October 13 after 8 p,.m that a group of militants attacked the Hajiganj Bazar temple. When the police tried to control the situation, there was a clash with the attackers. A total of five people were killed in the ensuing violence. CCTV footage of the attack showed Abbasi leading the violence.

More or less 5,000 unidentified persons have been accused in 10 cases of nationwide violence, and the police have arrested 29 people so far. According to Mahmud, an operation is underway to nab the other perpetrators.


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