First accused of hacking worshiper at mosque held at Dhaka airport

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Members of the Armed Police Battalion arrest Rafiqul Islam, the main defendant in the case of hacking into a worshiper praying inside a mosque in Cumilla, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday. –UNB photo. Rafiqul Islam, was arrested on Tuesday as he tried to flee to Kuwait, the airport’s armed police additional superintendent Mohammad Ziaul Haque said.

Members of the Armed Police Battalion have arrested the main defendant in the case of hacking a worshiper praying inside a mosque in Cumilla at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Rafiqul Islam, was arrested on Tuesday as he tried to flee to Kuwait, the airport’s armed police additional superintendent Mohammad Ziaul Haque said.

On the night of Shab-e-Meraj on February 28, a young man named Soleman, 28, was attacked by several people including Rafiqul Islam with sharp weapons at 6:30 p.m. while he was praying at the Baitur Rahman Jame mosque in Nazirabazar from Burichang upazila.

The victim was admitted to Cumilla Kuchaituli Sadar Hospital in critical condition.

A complaint was filed against two brothers, Md Rafiq and Md Sumon, along with several others at Burichang police station on March 1.

Shortly after the incident, the main defendant Rafiqul, a Kuwaiti expatriate, came to Dhaka in an attempt to escape the country on a flight from Bangladesh Biman this afternoon.

But the airport armed police detectives arrested him at the Biman Bangladesh Airlines check-in counter.

Later, the airport police confirmed the identity of the main accused Rafiq by contacting the Comilla district police.

Additional Police Superintendent Mohammad Ziaul Haque said the arrested person would be handed over to Cumilla District Police.

Attempts were underway to arrest the other defendants, he added.

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