Attacks On Police
Police find no link to militants
IS claims responsibility
Published : Tuesday, 28 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 929
Law enforcers do not think that two bomb attacks on police members in April and Sunday in the city have any link to Islamist militants.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said the attack (on Sunday) was carried out by a vested quarter that wants to create intimidation among people.
But it cannot be said now if there is any militant connection to the incident, he said while visiting a rickshaw-puller injured in the bomb explosion.
The Police Commissioner went to see the rickshaw-puller at the Dhaka Medial College Hospital. The rickshaw-puller Lal Miah suffered serious injuries to his head in the explosion.
The blast occurred at around 8:55pm at Malibagh intersection on Sunday. The injured are: a female ASI, Rasheda and two rickshaw-pullers. Soon after the explosion the injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment. The bomb that went off at Dhaka's Malibagh intersection on Sunday was much more powerful than usual crude bombs, the Police Commissioner said.
However, terror activity monitoring group SITE Intelligence reports that Middle East- based militant outfit the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack on a police patrol car in Dhaka.
Indicating that Islamic State could be planning an attack in Bangladesh or West Bengal, a pro-IS Telegram channel released a poster in Bengali saying 'Coming Soon' on April 27.
Just after 3 days On Apr 30, two traffic police constables and one community traffic member were injured in a blast in Dhaka's Gulistan area.
In their second claimed attack in Bangladesh, IS said they 'detonated an explosive device' on a group of police, according to SITE Intelligence Group.
Sources in an intelligence agency confirmed that such a poster was in circulation and that it was being looked into. The poster, released on Thursday night reads 'Shighroi Aschhe (coming soon), Inshallah' and has the logo of a group called al Mursalat.
Agencies have taken the poster seriously as the IS has recently carried out deadly serial blasts in Sri Lanka through local outfit Tawheed Jamaat.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Dr M Javed Patwary, last week said the militants have targeted the law enforcers as they had been entrusted with the task of ensuring security across the country.
"Militants are attacking the law and order forces around the world through 'lone wolf' system. The trend of lone wolf attacks is increasing," he said.
He said activities of militants and terrorists are now under control but it is not possible to root out militancy completely.