Deputy Commissioner Saiful Islam says local criminals may be involved
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the explosion at Pallabi police station in Dhaka on Wednesday, The United States-based SITE Intelligence Group has said.
SITE Intelligence Group Director Rita Katz tweeted: “#ISIS claims attack in #Bangladesh, targeting a police headquarters in the capital #Dhaka. Marks the group’s 1st attack in the city since Aug, 2019 & comes amid an attack surge as part of the 4th wave of its “Battle of Attrition” campaign, in lead up to #EidalAdha.”
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Deputy Commissioner Saiful Islam denied the claim, and said that based on preliminary information, it did not appear to be a militant attack. “It’s the work of local criminals," he said.
“However, we will investigate the SITE Intelligence claim,” he added.
1)BREAKING: #ISIS claims attack in #Bangladesh, targeting a police headquarters in capital #Dhaka. Marks the group's 1st attack in the city since Aug. 2019 & comes amid an attack surge as part of the 4th wave of its "Battle of Attrition" campaign, in lead up to #EidAlAdha. pic.twitter.com/om03BcOS4w— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) July 29, 2020
Around 6am on Wednesday, a bomb exploded at Pallabi police station compound in Dhaka that left five, including four policemen, injured.
Pallabi police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nazrul Islam said a police team recovered the bomb, which was hidden inside a digital weighing machine commonly used in general stores, during an operation in Pallabi’s Kalshi area early Wednesday.
Three local criminals were arrested during the operation, the OC said.
The bomb accidentally went off when policemen tried to defuse it at the police station.