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IGP: Anti-liberation forces involved in Shia gathering blast

Update : 24 Oct 2015, 11:36 AM

Anti-liberation forces and war criminals might be involved in Muharram gathering bomb attacks in the capital's Hussaini Dalan area, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hauqe has said.

He told journalists after visiting the crime scene at Hussaini Dalan area in the old Dhaka and Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), reports BSS.

"Police, after a preliminary investigation, think that it was not the attack of any militant organization . . . It was carried out by anti-liberation forces and war criminals," said Shahidul.

A schoolboy was killed and over 50 people were injured as three powerful homemade bombs exploded at the crowded Dhaka's Hussaini Dalan as Shia Muslim devotees were taking preparations for bringing out the traditional Tajia (sympathy) procession marking the holy Ashura early on Saturday.

"Motive behind the killing of a police SI (sub-Inspector) at Gabtolly and today's bomb attacks seemed to be interlinked as it appeared to be almost similar and the same circle committed the both the attacks," the IGP observed.

Referring to confessional statement of Masud, who was arrested in connection with the killing of a sub-inspector at Gabtoli, the police chief said different groups have been assigned to create anarchy and instability across the country and "this blast is a part of their pre-planned destructive acts".

Replying to a query, he said police did not find any militant link to the murder of police sub-inspector while anti-liberation forces were involved in the killing.

Earlier, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzzaman Mia, who also visited the injured at DMCH, said: "It seems that no militant outfits were behind the attacks; it was a part of planned design of vested quarter."

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