Dhaka – A group of suspected militants have attacked a prison van apparently to snatch chief of an Islamist outfit blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, police said on Monday.
The criminals hurled home-made bombs on the prison van carrying Abdul Hannan, chief of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, at Dhaka-Mymensingh highway when the death row convict was transported to Kashimpur high security prison from Dhaka.
The attack was carried out in the evening at Tongi College Gate, officer Hafizul Islam said.
Hannan, also known as Mufti Hannan, was sentenced to death along with two others for carrying out a grenade attack on former British envoy in Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury in 2004.
Police detained a person suspected of carrying out the bomb attack on the prison van. His name is Mostafa Kamal. Police also seized seven home-made bombs and two machetes from his possession, police said.
Kamal was being interrogated by the security forces.
The attack on the prison van came barely two days after another prison van overturned on a flyover on Dhaka’s Maghbazar area.