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Bangladesh sci-fi writer stabbed in head at seminar

DHAKA: One of Bangladesh's top writers was stabbed in the back of the head during a seminar in the northern city of Sylhet on Saturday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on authors and bloggers. Police said Zafar Iqbal, a bestselling science fiction writer, was rushed to hospital in Sylhet after the attack. "He was hit on the back of his head and he was bleeding," a police constable posted at the hospital told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Abdul Wahab, a spokesman for the Sylhet city police,…

Bangladesh bomb blasts kill six, scores injured

DHAKA: At least six people, including two police officials, were killed and scores wounded in two bomb blasts in Bangladesh on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos, police said. The explosions in the northeastern district of Sylhet came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the country's main airport in an attack claimed by Islamic State. "At least six people including two police official were killed in two explosions, one near the hideout and another in…

Bangladesh commandos storm extremist hideout

DHAKA: Bangladesh commandos Saturday stormed a hideout of suspected Islamist extremists in the country's northeast, rescuing at least 78 civilians, in a major anti-militant drive. The commandos backed by armoured personnel carriers launched the operation after a more than 30-hour standoff with the extremists who holed up in a five-storey building in the city Sylhet. "All 78 people from 28 civilian families who were trapped in the building for more than a day have been rescued by the army's para commando battalion,"…