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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 August 2005, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
Bombs thrown at Bangladesh shrine
One person has been killed and some 50 others have been injured after several bombs were thrown at a Muslim shrine in eastern Bangladesh.

Police said the home-made bombs were thrown during a religious festival late on Friday night at Akhaura, some 100 kilometres from the capital Dhaka.

No arrests have been made as yet for the attack.

Thousands of worshippers, including women and children, gather each year at this time at the shrine.

A police official said an unidentified man died on the spot after the attack on the Hazrat Shah Syed Ahammed shrine.

Most of the injured people were being treated in hospitals while some others were released after first aid.

An investigation has been launched to identify those responsible for the attack.

This is the latest attack on a shrine in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

In May last year, the British High Commissioner in Bangladesh was hurt in a grenade explosion at a Muslim shrine in the north-eastern town of Sylhet.

Three people were killed and more than 50 wounded in that attack.


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