Doctors say the bomb that exploded in front of Dhaka airport on Friday was tied to the attacker's body in the same fashion as previous suicide bombers.
After conducting the autopsy, Dhaka Medical College (DMC) Forensic Medicine Department head Dr Shohel Mahmud said the suspected militant found dead in the blast near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport was killed by an explosive.
The doctor told reporters that two pieces of wire, about 54 inches in total, along with several splinters, were found from the militant's body.
“It appears that the bomb was fastened around his lower back and was connected to a regulator in his hand.
“The evidence suggests that he was a suicide bomber,” Shohel said.
The 40-minute autopsy conducted by a three-member medical board started at 12pm on Saturday. The two other members of the board were DMC lecturer Dr Prodip Biswas and Dr Kabir Shohel.
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He also said the identity of the militant could not yet be ascertained. Therefore, the board has collected his hair for a DNA test.
“We also collected his urine, blood samples and viscera,” he added.
When asked whether there were any similarities between the recent blast and the suicide bombing at a RAB camp in Ashkona on March 17, the doctor said the torso of the first militant was ripped apart, whereas the midriff of this militant was ruptured.
“We can say the pattern of the explosion is similar,” Shohel added.
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However, on Friday, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia claimed the explosion near the Dhaka’s airport was not a suicide bombing.
He said that it might not have been a suicide attack, but a lethal slip when the terrorist had been spooked out and detonated the bombs early.
Meanwhile, airport police station Officer-in-Charge Nur-e-Azam Mia told Dhaka Tribune a case has not yet been lodged over the incident.
The bomber was killed as he attempted to attack a police check post at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in Dhaka around 8pm on Friday.
The attack came just after seven days after another suicide bombing near a temporary camp of the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police force in Ashkona Hajj Camp area of Dhaka.