Suspected Maoist rebels kill two villagers, injure 5 in eastern Bangladesh

Suspected Maoist rebels kill two villagers, injure 5 in eastern Bangladesh
Suspected Maoist rebels kill two villagers, injure 5 in eastern Bangladesh

Suspected Maoist rebels killed two villagers in eastern Bangladesh in attacks that followed the recent arrest of one of the rebel group's leaders, a police official said Friday.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack late Thursday, but local police official Ashrafuzzaman told The Associated Press by phone that authorities blamed the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party for the incident.

The suspects threw at least three bombs at a shop at Jiban Nagar in Chudanga district, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) east of the capital, Dhaka, killing a farmer and inuring five others, he said.

About five minutes later, they shot an elderly woman a few meters (yards) away, killing her instantly, the police official said, reports the AP.

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