The Detective Branch of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police has identified suspects in the attack on immediate past US ambassador Marcia Bernicat at Mohammadpur in Dhaka on August 4, but none has been arrested.
Detective Branch investigators said that they had some ‘development’ in the case and had identified a motorbike used in the attack and its owner.
‘We have found the physical presence of the motorbike rider on the spot and we have also identified few others in this connection,’ said an investigator without disclosing the number and identities of the attackers.
The investigator said that they were trying to arrest the attackers.
Detective Branch deputy commissioner (west) Mokhlesur Rahman, ‘We are sincerely investigating the incident.’
Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat became the US ambassador to Bangladesh on February 4, 2015 and left Dhaka on November 2, 2018.
After the attack on Bernicat’s car following a farewell dinner on August 4, the United States sought for a thorough investigation into the attack on official vehicle of its ambassador in Dhaka.
The US embassy in Dhaka made the request in a diplomatic note to the foreign ministry on August 6.
The embassy, in a note to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said that an official vehicle from the US embassy in Dhaka, which was transporting ambassador Mercia Bernicat, was attacked by a group of armed people, some on motorcycles, in the Mohammadpur area on August 4.
About 30 unidentified miscreants attacked the car of Bernicat who was about to leave the residence of civil society advocacy group Shusashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) secretary Badiul Alam Majumder at about 11:00pm. She was at Iqbal Road house to attend a courtesy dinner arranged in her honour.
The ambassador’s security team was able to collect identity of two individuals of the group, Ishtiaque Mahmud and Firoz Ahmed, who shouted during the attack claiming that Badrul was involved in anti-government activities, officials said referring to the note sent to the metropolitan police.
Police and embassy security stuff hurriedly escorted the ambassador to the vehicle sensing presence of the miscreants.
Te attackers punched two of the security personnel who were trying to obstruct them from reaching the ambassador and the vehicles of her motorcade.
The embassy also informed the foreign ministry, in the note verbale, that the ambassador and her security team departed the area unharmed.
The attackers, however, hit two vehicles with sticks when the convoy was departing.
There were no casualties, the embassy said, adding that two security vehicles sustained some damage.
A general diary was filed with the Mohammadpur police station, police officials said, adding that the matter was transferred to the Detective Branch for a thorough investigation.
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