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Quader: Science Lab bomb blast might be a test attack for bigger plot

  • Published at 01:56 pm September 1st, 2019
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File photo of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who is also the general secretary of ruling Awami League Dhaka Tribune

Obaidul Quader made the statement while speaking at the ministry’s meeting room at the Secretariat

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the bomb attack on policemen at Dhaka’s Science Laboratory area might be a test attack for a bigger plot in near future.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the statement while speaking at the ministry’s meeting room at the Secretariat on Sunday.

“It has been learnt from detectives that it was a remote-controlled bomb. The incident is being investigated. Police activity has also been increased. This might be test case [experiment]. Mayattackbe there are plans for a bigger attack,” the minister said.

Asked whether LGRD minister was the target of the attack, he said: “Detectives and intelligence officials have told me that the minister was not targeted in Saturday’s attack.”

Answering to questions from journalists on whether there are militants in the country, Quader said: “Of course there are militants in the country. But, they have grown weaker. But we have not said it has been exterminated. Not only in Bangladesh, but militancy is a global problem.”

On Saturday night, two police officials sustained injuries when a bomb exploded in Dhaka's Science Lab intersection in front of a police box. One of the injured was escorting LGRD Minister Tazul Islam through the area during the time of the blast.