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'We are looking into IS claims for Gulistan blast'

  • Published at 01:31 pm April 30th, 2019
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File photo of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia

At least three people were injured in an explosion in Gulistan

The US-based SITE intelligence group’s website posting of Islamic State (IS) claiming responsibility for the improvised bomb attack on police in Gulistan is being investigated, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner, Asaduzzaman Mia.

At least three people were injured in an explosion in Gulistan. The improvised bomb went off around 7pm on Monday.

Two traffic police constables and one community traffic person were injured in the incident. 

A case was filed with Paltan police station 

Asaduzzaman Mia went to see the injured at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and spoke with reporters on Tuesday.

He said: “The improvised bomb that exploded at the place was a bit different from ordinary ones. Our bomb disposal and counter terrorism officers have already inspected the scene of the blast.”

He said: “The improvised bomb that exploded at the place was a bit different from ordinary ones. Our bomb disposal and counter terrorism officers have already inspected the scene of the blast.”

“We have logged the nature of the survivors’ injuries. Necessary evidence has been collected as well. We are analyzing them,” he added.

When asked about IS claiming responsibility for the blast on SITE’s website, the DMP chief said: “It is either Islamic State’s claim or a fraud posting. Our counter terrorism and anti-terrorism experts are looking into the matter.”

“We are investigating whether the incident is connected to the militant group or ordinary criminals. It is possible that other nefarious parties are involved and they are making an issue out of this. Our cyber crime unit is working on getting confirmation regarding the matter,” he added.

Asaduzzaman said: “Extremism is a global phenomena and Bangladesh is not free of it. But they do not have the power to execute organized or mass sabotage as they were crushed after the Holey Artisan attack in 2016.” 

“We are keeping them under surveillance. We are trying our best to protect the people and to prevent any untoward incident.”

Recently after the Sri Lanka attack, DMP’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit head, Monirul Islam, said that after the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the risk of militancy has increased slightly.

“They [IS] are very excited right now. But there is nothing to panic about,” he said.

The militants are scattered. That does not mean they have disappeared completely. Their activities are limited to develop organizational strength, he added.

The police official further said: “We have information that they do not have the necessary training, morale power and the amount of equipment 

required for a major attack. They may try to execute separate scattered attacks. But we are not expecting any major attack.”

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia mentioned also mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged all to remain vigilant regarding terror incidents.

The DMP boss urged people to contact the police if they see any suspicious activities.