Attacks on cops to attract financier: CID chief

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 01:16, May 31,2019


Criminal Investigation Department chief Shafikul Islam said on Thursday that said extremists might have conducted crude bomb attack on cops at Malibagh on May 26 to attract their financer.
He told reporters at the department headquarters that the attack was carried out to attract financiers to keep funding continued and he suspected that the attackers were trying to collect more money from donors promising much stronger attacks.
He also suspected that the extremists wanted to break the morale of the police.
He came up with the suspicions a day after Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzamn Mia Wednesday said the attacks on police at Malibagh on May 26 and at Gulshan on April 29 were meant to weaken the morale of the police.
Saduzzaman said that both the cases were being investigated by the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes Unit of the metropolitan police.
Investigators said that both the attacks were similar in nature and the elements of improvised crude bombs were almost similar.
In both cases, detonation was triggered by a timer and both the crude bombs were strong and planted targeting police.
‘The patterns of the atacks suggested that both attacks were carried out by same group,’ a senior counter-terrorism official said.
‘Once the chemical examination is done, we can come to a conclusion over the suspects,’ said the official.
None could be identified in any of the cases while a man was seen in CTTV footage collected near Malibagh to drop something on the spot.
On April 29, two police officers and a community police member were injured in a crude bomb explosion at Gulistan in Dhaka.
On May 26, traffic police assistant sub-inspector Rasheda Akhter Babli, 28, and rickshaw-puller Lal Mia, 50, were injured in a crude bomb blast at Malibagh in Dhaka near one of the key point installations including Special Branch headquarters.

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