Blasts kill three in Bangladesh

Two powerful bombs ripped through a hideout of suspected Islamic militants in eastern Bangladesh on Monday, killing at least three people and wounding two others, a domestic news agency reported.

The blasts occurred in Comilla town, 88 kilometers (55 miles) east of national capital Dhaka, United News of Bangladesh news agency reported, quoting Mashuk Hassan, a spokesman for Rapid Action Battalion, an elite anti-crime force.

Details of the casualties were sketchy.

About 300 agents from the elite force had earlier surrounded the hideout after reports that several top commanders of banned Islamic militant group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh were hiding there, the report said.

The agents were led to the hideout by two suspected members of the group who were arrested from a separate hideout early in the day.

The group has been blamed for a string of bombings across Bangladesh that killed 26 people and wounded dozens last year, reports the AP.

I.L.