Dhaka – A man killed in a bomb blast outside a security post near Bangladesh’s main airport was suspected of having planted the bomb himself, police said on Friday.
The bomber exploded his suicide vest when the lawmen challenged him in front of Ashkona police outpost, barely half a kilometer away from the main building of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, officer Nur e Azam Mia said.
The suspect killed at the scene as the blast occurred at about 7.30 pm.
Television footage show that the security personnel from Rapid Action Battalion, detective branch of police and members of the counterterrorism unit cordoned off the area.
Traffic on the main airport road remained suspended for a while after the information ran through the online and other media. Vehicular movement, however, was normalized afterwards.
US-based Site Intelligence group said that IS’ Amaq news agency reported it was a suicide attack at the security post.
The incident occurred a week after another bomber blew himself up at a nearby security post of the crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion.
Islamic State militant group reportedly claimed the credit of the March 17 attack that also two security personnel.
The identity of the bomber, who was wearing blue jeans and T-shirt, could not be known, but he is at his late 20s.
The authorities have beefed up security at the airport following the blast.
“Security was enhanced at the airport after the last week’s attack. We have further strengthened security arrangement after the latest attack,” Iqbal Karim, a senior officer at the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, said.
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.
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.