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Bangladesh blast: UK envoy hurt

Choudhury only started his job in Dhaka last week.
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DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNN) -- A bomb attack outside a Muslim shrine in Bangladesh has killed two people and wounded 100 others, including British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury and his bodyguard.

Six of the injured were said to be in critical condition.

Anwar Choudhury and his bodyguard were taking part in noon prayers at the Hazrat Shahjalal shrine in the northeastern town of Sylhet on Friday when the bomb went off.

"The High Commissioner is being treated for splinters in his legs below the knees but his condition is not serious," Doctor Abdus Salam in the emergency ward of the Sylhet Medical College Hospital told Reuters.

Choudhury, who began his job in Bangladesh only last week, is a British citizen of Bangladeshi descent, whose family hails from Sunamganj, a district neighboring Sylhet.

"I am deeply shocked by the news of this bomb, and I extend my sympathies to all who have been injured. Details of exactly what has happened and the nature of the injuries are not clear," British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said from London.

"We are grateful for the support we are receiving from the Bangledeshi authorities."

Worshipers were leaving noon prayers at the Shah Jalal Shrine when the bomb was thrown at the front gate of the complex.

Police are investigating the attack, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

It is not known if Choudhury, a Bangladeshi-born British citizen, was a target of the attack.

The High Commission was closed for the Friday holiday.

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