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Blasts kill 6 as troops battle militants in east Bangladesh

  • A Bangladeshi soldier walks as they try to flush out Islamist radicals who have holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition in the city of Sylhet, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 26, 2017. At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants. (AP Photo/A. H. Arif)

    A Bangladeshi soldier walks as they try to flush out Islamist radicals who have holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition in the city of Sylhet, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 26, 2017. At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants. (AP Photo/A. H. Arif)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi troops cordon off the area as they try to flush out Islamist radicals who have holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition in the city of Sylhet, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 26, 2017. At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants. (AP Photo/A. H. Arif)

    Bangladeshi troops cordon off the area as they try to flush out Islamist radicals who have holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition in the city of Sylhet, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 26, 2017. At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants. (AP Photo/A. H. Arif)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi policemen watch as paramilitary soldiers try to flush out Islamist radicals who have holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition in the city of Sylhet, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 26, 2017. At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants. (AP Photo/A. H. Arif)

    Bangladeshi policemen watch as paramilitary soldiers try to flush out Islamist radicals who have holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition in the city of Sylhet, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 26, 2017. At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants. (AP Photo/A. H. Arif)  (The Associated Press)

Police say at least six people, including two policemen, have died in a series of explosions in Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants in the country's east.

Police officer Bashudev Bonik said Sunday the fatal explosions also wounded at least 25 people Saturday on a road near an Islamic religious school in Sylhet city.

Paramilitary troops have been trying since Friday to flush out Islamist radicals holed up in a building with a large cache of ammunition.

Several explosions have occurred, including a large blast Sunday afternoon.

Police have barred civilians including journalists from the area.