DHAKA (APP) – A suspected teenage Islamist militant being held in custody in Bangladesh was shot dead on Saturday in a gunfight, police said, days after he allegedly hacked and critically wounded a Hindu lecturer.

Police said Golam Faizullah Fahim, 19, who was being held for questioning, was killed when officers came under attack in a farmland area after taking him to a river in search of his associates.

“Miscreants fired at the police van as we came near a jute farm. A gunfight ensued. After the gunfight we saw Fahim was shot and wounded. He died after we brought him to a hospital,” said Sarwar Hossain, police chief of Madaripur, where the shooting took place, told AFP.