Security heightened at prisons, airports after Dhaka blast
March 17th, 2017 at 6:37 pm
Security heightened at prisons, airports after Dhaka blast

Dhaka – Authorities have alerted for additional security measures at airports and prisons across Bangladesh after a bomber was killed at a security agency’s camp in the capital Bangladesh, officials said on Friday.

A suspected bomber was killed in an explosion the man entered the compound of makeshift camp of the crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion in Dhaka’s Ashkona neighbourhood in the afternoon. The identity of the bomber could not be known yet.

Battalion spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters that it seemed to be an attack by the militants. Two security personnel were injured at the camp which was established to look after the development activities of the future headquarters of the RAB near Dhaka’s international airport.

The attack came after a day police busted a militants’ hideout in south-eastern district of Chittagong where four suspected militants were killed. Two of them exploded suicide vests when the lawmen raided the den in Sitakunda.

Chief of the Prison authorities Brigadier General Syed Iftekha Uddin told reporters that all the prisons were asked to take extra security measures.

“It is not a red alert. Security was tightened further,” he said.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry spokesman Mahbubur Rahman said that the airports were asked for extra security measures.

Television footage show that several hundred people gathered in the area where the explosion occurred on Friday.  The entire crime scene was kept cordoned off. A squad of bomb disposal unit rushed to the scene.

It has been reported that the bomber was clad in black dress. The bomb went off when the security personnel challenged the man as he trespassed into the RAB compound.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a wave of recent attacks by Islamist militants on bloggers, academics, human rights activists and foreign nationals.

In the deadliest attack on July 1, 2016, terrorists killed nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, a Bangladeshi-born US citizen and two Bangladeshi nationals at a cafe.

Five militants, a chef believed to be an associate of the attackers and two policemen were killed when army commandos stormed the cafe the following morning.

The Islamic State militant group claimed the attack, but the Bangladeshi government has insisted it was carried out by home-grown terrorists.

Police have killed more than 45 suspected militants, including a Canadian citizen of Bangladeshi-origin, in the last eight months in counterterrorism raids launched in response to the cafe attack