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IS claims bomb blast on police at Science Lab

  • Published at 11:59 am September 1st, 2019
Dhaka Blast
The scene where two police officials were injured in a reported bomb blast in front of a police box at Dhaka's Science Lab area on Saturday night, August 31, 2019 Al Emrun Garjon

CTTC says they are yet to confirm whether it was a militant attack or not

Middle East-based militant outfit Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the recent bomb attack on police in Dhaka. 

The US-based SITE Intelligence Group published the claim on their Twitter account on Saturday, hours after the incident took place in Science Laboratory area. 

SITE, also known as the Search for International Terrorist Entities Institute, tracks online activity of white supremacist and jihadist organizations. 

Mohibul Islam Khan, deputy commissioner of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, said: "We are not yet sure whether it was a militant attack or not.

"We are investigating the incident," he added.

Two police personnel sustained injuries in a crude bomb blast in front of a police box at Science Laboratory intersection around 9:20pm on Saturday.

The injured – Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Shahabuddin and Constable Aminul – were admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. ASI Shahabuddin was escorting LGRD Minister Tazul Islam through the area.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwary and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia visited the spot.

The IGP told reporters that it was an improvised explosive device (IED).

He also said the pattern of the attack is similar to the previous attacks which were carried out targeting police members in the capital's Gulistan and Malibagh areas this year.

Earlier on July 24, Islamic State claimed their "bombings" at two ''police checkpoints" in Dhaka. SITE Intelligence Group published the claim on their website.

However, the claim of the Islamic State did not match the version of the police. The law enforcement agency said, during the late hours of July 23 and early hours of July 24, they disposed of two "bomb-like objects" at the Paltan intersection and Khamarbari's Bangabandhu Chattar, near the police boxes.

The Islamic State also claimed responsibility for the blasts targeting police members in Gulistan and Malibagh areas of Dhaka, in April and May of this year respectively.