At least 12 devotees were injured in an attack by the militants of the radical Hefazat-e-Islam at a mosque in Sundarganj of Gaibandha district of Bangladeh on Friday afternoon.
Police claimed the incident happened due to conflict over the mosque’s management committee.
Motlob Uddin, Silamoni mosque’s Imam said the attackers had long been identifying themselves as Hefazat activists.
The militants snatched the microphone from the Imam after the Friday prayers and threatened the devotees to go out and support the violence of Hefazat militants.
The militants attacked the devotees when they tried to intervene, Imam (the priest) Motlob informed the police.
The injured are being treated at various hospitals in the district. A case is being filed at Sundarganj Police Station regarding this issue.
Officer in Charge of the police station Bulbul Islam said it was not an attack by Hefazat activists. “Disagreements over the mosque’s committee is the reason for this untoward incident,” he added.
Earlier Bangladesh government has instructed all not to hold any meeting at mosques and other religious places across the country before and after prayers.
On Monday, the religious affairs ministry issued some guidelines on offering prayers and maintaining health guidelines at mosques during the lockdown.
It also said the instruction had been issued to discourage mass gatherings at all mosques centering Friday’s and other prayers, in addition to other religious places.