'The organisational power New JMB and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) has significantly decreased, they no longer have the capability to carry out big attacks'
Police on Wednesday said they suspect the Mourning Day bomber, Saiful Islam, 21, had other co-conspirators who had planned to bomb the procession leading up to the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on National Mourning Day.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said: “We strongly suspect that the co-conspirators are hiding somewhere in Dhaka and we are doing everything to find them.”
Police also said militant Saiful was a member of New Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) who had encouraged him to carry out the attack.
Saiful, blew himself up on Tuesday at Hotel Olio International in Panthapath after he was cornered by police during a raid.
Only hours before the incident, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were paying their respects to the Father of the Nation on the National Mourning Day at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, located roughly 300 metres away from the hotel.
DMP Commissioner assured that militant organisations have become weak in Bangladesh which is why they now attempt sporadic attacks.
“The organisational power New JMB and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) has significantly decreased, they no longer have the capability to carry out big attacks,” he said.
The investigation officers said a case has not been filed yet, but the the process is underway. They also said that Saiful was likely radicalised online.
The dead militant’s autopsy has been done by Dr Shohel Mahmud, head of the forensic medical department of Dhaka Medical Collage, who said the cause of death was a splinter piercing his right eye and into his brain.
Samples of his organs have been collected for a toxicology analysis to determine if he was under the influence of any mind altering drugs during the incident.