ISIS, islamska država.jpg
Photograph: Photo by Day Donaldson, used under CC BY

The wife of a counter-terrorism officer and a Christian man were killed in attacks carried out by suspected Islamists in Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.

Assailants on motorbike shot and killed Mahmuda Aktar Mitu, the 32-year-old wife of officer Babul Akhter, when she was on her way to drop her son off at school in the port city of Chittagong, police spokesman Paritosh Ghose told reporters.

The 6-year-old son of the police officer, who had conducted a number of raids against home-grown militants, survived the attack unhurt, he said.

"We suspect the militants are behind the murder," said Ghosh adding that Babul's investigation recently helped bust a number of dens of the banned Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh in the port city 300 kilometres south of the capital Dhaka.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that the religious extremists might have killed Mitu when they failed to get her husband.

"Babul Aktar is an efficient officer and played a key role in apprehending militants," the minister told reporters in Chittagong.

Investigators in Chittagong said that they intercepted footage of closed-circuit cameras installed at nearby buildings showing three assailants carrying out the operation in under 50 seconds.

“The attackers first stabbed her [Mitu] and then shot her in the head from point blank to make sure she was dead before they fled,” disclosed Ghosh.

The killers had taken up position with the motorbike quite some time earlier and one of them was seen wearing a helmet, he said.

Unknown criminals stabbed Christian man Shunil Gomez, 60, to death at his grocery shop near his home in Boraigram in the northern district of Natore, police officer Shafiqul Islam said.

The assailants attacked Gomez in the neck with sharp weapons and quickly fled, investigator Doyal Kumar told local media at the scene.

The scene is about 140 kilometres north of Dhaka.

Kumar said the style of the attacks was similar to those that were carried out recently by suspected Islamists on bloggers, writers, a university teacher and Hindu men.

Islamic State, an extremist group controlling vast parts of Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for murdering Gomez.

US-based SITE-Intelligence group put on its website hours after the killing that the IS news agency Amaq reported IS fighters in Bangladesh killed a Christian in Bonpara village.

Related stories

Hindu tailor hacked to death in Bangladesh

University teacher hacked to death in Bangladesh

Bangladesh hangs Islamic party leader for 1971 war crimes

Bangladesh cafe attack "trainer" killed in gunfight

Latest news

No early parliamentary election in Serbia this year - media

There will be no early parliamentary election in Serbia this year, electronic media in Belgrade said on Sunday.

Full list of 2017 Oscar winners

A list of winners at the 89th Academy Awards:

"Moonlight" wins best picture after on-stage Oscars mixup

The coming-of-age drama about an African American boy growing up gay in a poor neighbourhood in Miami was made for just 1.5 million dollars. Its director and co-writer, Barry Jenkins, hadn't made a film in years. And it was up for the best picture prize against "La La Land," the smash hit musical that tied the record for Oscar nominations this year.

Emma Stone is best actress in winning night for 'La La Land'

Emma Stone won the best actress Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards for her role in the movie musical "La La Land" on Sunday.

Casey Affleck wins best actor at Oscars

Casey Affleck won the best actor trophy at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Sunday for his portrayal of a taciturn janitor with a troubled past in "Manchester by the Sea."

Thousands of Romanians revive anti-government protests

Thousands of Romanians turned out on Sunday to renew their demands for the government to step down amid accusations it is trying to protect corrupt politicians.

Francis, first pope to visit Anglicans in Rome, weighs S Sudan trip

Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church to visit the Anglican community in Rome on Sunday, where he said he was considering a trip to famine-struck South Sudan.

Ibrahimovic lifts Man United past Southampton in League Cup final

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 87th-minute winner as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 in an exciting League Cup final on Sunday.

London screens Iranian director's film amid Oscars boycott

Thousands of people watched a free screeening of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's film "The Salesman" in London on Sunday to coincide with the Oscars.

Real Madrid stage comeback to stay top; Messi scores in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to move top of the Spanish first division.

Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Hotel member of The Leading Hotels of the World

The Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Hotel has joined the Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., a global hospitality consortium of more than 375 hotels and resorts in over 75 countries.

Biggest Bosnian Serb party ceases all contact with Izetbegovic over ICJ judjment review request

The main committee of the biggest Bosnian Serb party which makes up the ruling majority in Bosnia and Herzegovina decided o Sunday that its officials would cease all contact with member of the Bosnian President Bakir Izetbegovic until the crisis occurred following the submission of a request to the International Court of justice (ICJ) to review its ruling against Serbia is resolved.