Ambassador Bernicat unharmed: US embassy in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:53, Aug 05,2018 | Updated: 20:59, Aug 05,2018


US ambassador Marcia Bernicat. --UNB file photo

The US ambassador Mercia Bernicat was unharmed as armed adult miscreants attacked her official vehicle at Mohammadpur area in Dhaka on Saturday night.

An official vehicle from the US Embassy in Dhaka, which was transporting the ambassador, was attacked by a group of armed adult men, some on motorcycles, in the Mohammadpur area of Dhaka on Saturday, the embassy said in a press release on Sunday.  

The ambassador and her security team departed the area unharmed, said the embassy. 

There were no injuries to the ambassador, her drivers, security staff, the embassy said, adding that two security vehicles sustained some damage.  

The embassy appreciated Dhaka Metropolitan Police and security officials for their quick and professional response following the incident.

Vehicle of the outgoing ambassador Bernicat came under attack by a group of unidentified miscreants as it was about to leave the residence of Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary of civil society advocacy group Shujan at about 11:00pm on Saturday.

She was attending a courtesy dinner at Majumder’s house at his Iqbal Road residence, according to United News of Bangladesh.

As her car got away, the miscreants hurled bricks at his house, Majumder added.

Inspector (operations) Shariful Islam of Mohammadpur Police Station confirmed that they had heard of a house being attacked on Iqbal Road, and sent a team to investigate.

Majumder, however, said they had been unable to contact police over the incident, and were still feeling insecure at the time of filing this report as the miscreants are still positioned outside his house.

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