Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – A Union Parishad (UP) chairman was killed in a bomb attack in the country’s southwestern Jessore district Tuesday evening.

The dead was identified as Shawkat Hossain, 58, chairman of Nirbashkhola UP and BNP vice-president of Jhikargachha upazila unit, according to reports.

Locals said a gang hurled a bomb on Shawkat when he was sitting at a shop at Jhikargachha Bazar at about 7:00pm (local time), leaving him critically injured.

Shawkat died at Jessore Sadar Hospital.

BBN/AD/SI-17Nov10-7:42 am (BST)