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Malibagh blast: Explosive likely planted in police van from before

  • Published at 01:55 pm May 27th, 2019
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The damaged car in an explosives blast in Malibagh intersection area of Dhaka on Sunday, May 26, 2019 Courtesy

An assistant sub-inspector and two others were injured in Sunday’s explosion

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has said the explosives that lead to a blast in a police pick-up van in Dhaka’s Malibagh might have been planted.

He made the statement while talking to reporters after visiting the injured at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday. 

An assistant sub-inspector and two others were injured in the explosion on Sunday. 

Talking about the blast, he said: “We think it [the explosive] was kept in the car and not hurled at the police.” 

“Based on primary investigation, we think it was an improvised bomb, but it was more powerful than the usual ones used here,” he said. 

He said police have yet to identify the culprits. 

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After the Sunday’s blast, police had said the explosive was hurled at the police vehicle from behind. 

The police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit is investing the explosion. 

Terming the incident as an act to spread fear, the DMP chief said: “If they [the attackers] wanted, they could have killed our police officials.” 

“Attacking a police vehicle or checkpost is a move to break down the police’s morale and its initiative to oust terrorism from Bangladesh,” he added.  

Replying to a query about the blast, he said: “Not just terrorists, but a political group also wants to create unrest like we have seen in 2013 and 2014.” 

“We are investigating to find out if they are instigating these incidents,” he said.

On the Site intelligence group website, Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack few hours after it took place.

CTTC Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan told Dhaka Tribune: “They have made claims earlier as well, which we could never verify. There is the same doubt regarding this claim as well.

“There are many others who use the name of the terrorist organization to gain publicity.” 

Law enforcement agencies have always denied the existence of IS in Bangladesh, as numerous claims could never be verified, and no attack has actually been linked to the terrorist organization.