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Malibagh attack: All police units told to beef up security

  • Published at 12:37 am May 28th, 2019
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The damaged car in an explosives blast in Malibagh intersection area of Dhaka on Sunday, May 26, 2019 Courtesy

The statement said police were already investigating the attack, which left a female assistant sub-inspector, identified as Rasheda, and two rickshaw pullers injured

Police Headquarters have directed the concerned units of Bangladesh Police to take cautionary measures following Sunday’s bomb attack on a vehicle of the law enforcement agency in Dhaka’s Malibagh. 

Md Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general of police (media and PR), in a press statement on Monday said that all units of Bangladesh Police were also asked to beef up security and precautionary measures.

The statement said police were already investigating the attack, which left a female assistant sub-inspector, identified as Rasheda, and two rickshaw pullers injured.

“We know about Islamic State’s claim of responsibility [for the attack]. But no connection between IS and the attack has been found yet.”

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The media will be informed later if there are any updates regarding this matter, read the statement.

A senior police official, requesting anonymity, yesterday said that all police units have also been directed not to leave any police vehicle unattended and thoroughly search visitors at the gates of any police establishment in line with the rules and regulations.

The directive also asked police to conduct block raids and searches, and set up check posts to avoid any such attack in the future, the official added.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia yesterday also said the explosive material that exploded in the police vehicle was likely planted before it was taken out on patrol, and and not hurled at the officials.

Talking to reporters after visiting the injured at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he said: “Based on primary investigation, we think it was an improvised bomb, but it was more powerful than the usual ones we deal with.”

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Terming the incident as an act to spread fear, he added that they were yet to identify the perpetrators.

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of DMP is investigating the explosion, which took place around 8:55pm Sunday.

Regarding Islamic State’s claim of responsibility made on the Site intelligence group website, CTTC Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan told Dhaka Tribune: “They have made claims earlier as well, which we could never verify. There are many who use the terror group’s name to gain publicity.”

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