Bangladesh’s ruling party lawmaker shot dead

Dhaka, Dec 31 (IANS) A Bangladeshi ruling party law maker died after being shot at home on Saturday in the country’s Gaibandha District, a police officer said.

The officer, who preferred to be unnamed said three unidentified assailants riding on a motorbike stormed into Manzurul Islam Liton’s house at around 5.45 p.m. and opened fire at him, Xinhua reported.

Liton, a member of parliament from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Bangladesh Awami League party, was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, said the officer.

The murder motive was not immediately known, but the police officer said they were investigating if it was a terrorist attack or an incident as a result of the previous internal feud.

The lawmaker in October this year drew widespread flak after he shot a 10-year-old boy without any apparent reason.