A routine enforcement of speed limits on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway took a drastic turn on Tuesday morning when a police patrol was attacked with crude bombs by a pair of men.
The highway patrol was pursuing a Shyamoli Paribahan bus, heading from Chittagong to Dhaka, on main road near Kutumbpur in Chandina, Comilla.
According to OC Nasir Uddin Mridha of Elliottganj highway police, two passengers stepped out when the bus was stopped.
"They shouted 'Allahu Akbar' and hurled two unidentified objects at the police," OC Nasir said.
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A pair of crude bombs used by the two suspected militants during the skirmish with the police in Comilla on March 7, 2017 Dhaka Tribune
The two objects, later identified as crude bombs, had malfunctioned and did not explode.
"Our police gave chase and drove the two men into a nearby village. They hurled more bombs at us, and we shot back."
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Villagers rushed to the scene and helped police apprehend the two men.
One of the bombers, who was identified as Hasan, from Patiya in Chittagong, was severely beaten up by the villagers and was detained. His accomplice, who identified himself only as Jashim, was shot by the police and also arrested in critical condition.
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Jasim lies in the police van after suffering a bullet wound at the hands of the highway police in Comilla on March 7, 2017 Dhaka Tribune
The entire skirmish lasted for nearly 20 minutes, following which police recovered four crude bombs and a machete.
"The pair are possibly JMB militants based on their weapons and modus operandi," OC Nasir Uddin said.
After the two were taken away to Comilla Medical College Hospital, senior police and administrative officials in Comilla visited the area.
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Hasan sits in police custody after villagers beat him up near the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla on March 7, 2017 Dhaka Tribune