A suicide bomber died and two cops were injured as the bomb the suspected militant was carrying exploded when he was being intercepted by law enforcers Friday in Bangladesh’s capital, police said.
An official from Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said the suspected bomber died in what is believed to be a suicide attack.
He said the bomber tried to enter a temporary camp of Bangladesh’s elite force Rapid Action Battalion near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at about 1:30 p.m.(local time) on Friday.
When challenged by the law enforcers, the bomb he was carrying exploded. According to the official, the bomber died on the spot and two RAB men were also injured slightly.
The incident took place a day after Bangladesh law enforcers stormed a militant hideout at Sitakunda on the outskirts of the country’s seaport city Chittagong, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, Thursday morning.
Four militants of Neo-JMB (an offshoot of the banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh) were killed during the raid.
At least two of them reportedly blew themselves up in suicide explosions and two others were shot by law enforcers.
Neo-JMB has been blamed for an attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s diplomatic quarter last July, in which 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, were killed.
In the wake of the Dhaka cafe attack, Bangladeshi law enforcers have conducted series of such big operations against militants. Enditem