Bangladesh Blasts Wreak Havoc, Mamata Banerjee Tweets Solidarity

At least six people, including two police officers, were killed in two explosions in Bangladesh's Sylhet city, the police said on Sunday. More than 40 others were injured in blasts on Saturday near a militant hideout in the city, some 240 km from the country’s capital, Dhaka.

Sylhet Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner Zedan Al Musa said the explosions came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the country's main airport in Dhaka. That attack was claimed by Islamic State.

The blasts happened within an hour of a media briefing on a raid at the militant hideout housing two buildings – one five-storey and the other four-storey. Police have said the militants rented a flat a few months ago. Commandos rescued 78 people from the building.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the twin blasts and tweeted out her condolences. "Strongly condemn the suicide attack in Sylhet. My solidarity with the brothers and sisters in Bangladesh," Banerjee tweeted.

Screen grab of Banerjee’s tweet. (Photo: Twitter)