Bogra’s Haripur tense after deadly shooting at Shia mosque
28 November 2015, Nirapad News: Tension is running high in Shibganj’s Haripur in Bogra as the residents are smarting from the shock and disbelief over Thursday’s shooting at a Shia mosque in the area that left one dead and three injured.
Locals say Sunni and Shia Muslims have been living there in harmony for around three decades without any religious discord. The attack has stunned as well as confused them because no such incident had taken place there before.
The residents also have no clue why the assailants would open fire on people inside the mosque when they were saying prayers.
According to witnesses, three attackers sprayed bullets on the Muslims when they were offering Maghrib prayers on Thursday.
The mosque’s Muezzin Moazzem Hossain, 70, was shot dead, and Imam Shahinur Rahman, 60, local residents Taher Mistri, 50, and Aftab Ali, 40, were injured.
People were gathering at the Al Mostofa mosque since early Friday morning. Stains of blood and bullet holes on the pillars stood as a reminder of the horror.
Panic was palpable as only three people had attended the Fazr prayers at that mosque, locals said.
Detective police and RAB officials have been deployed around the mosque since the incident.
A case was filed with Shibganj police over the attack Thursday night, accusing unidentified assailants.
The law-enforcers on Friday said they had detained two persons for questioning in connection with the shooting.
Militant group Islamic State has is claimed to have admitted responsibility for the incident.
A Shia organisation, Bangladesh Imamia Welfare Foundation, is housed at this mosque premises.
Abu Jafar, a freedom fighter, is the chairman and Md Mozaffar Hossain is the general secretary of the organisation.
Hossain told bdnews24.com: “There are no animosity between the Shias and Sunnis of this area. Shias built the mosque, but devotees from both sects say prayers here. There has been no problem until now.”
“The incident of shooting has created massive panic among the Shias. The deceased muezzin was a good person. He had no enemy.”
Abu Jafar said there are at least 110 people currently living in the area who follow the Shia ideology.