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None identified as Islamic State claims attack on Chattogram police

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:15, Mar 02,2020

 
 

The counter terrorism officials has launched an investigation after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion in Chattogram’s Sholoshahar area targeting police personnel on Friday night.

The blast occurred inside a traffic police box and injured three people, including two policemen in Sholoshahar Gate-2 area.

The latest attack was similar in nature to the ones in past.

This was the eighth attack after those in Dhaka and Khulna last year, in which six were shown arrested, according the online claim of the United States-based SITE Intelligence Group.

In a multilingual statement issued on February 29, they claimed that they were ‘mujahideens’ of Dawlatul Islam Khilafah and used improvised explosive devices that injured five policemen in Chattogram, according to the IS claim quoted by SITE Intelligence Group.

Chittagong Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Hasan Muhammad Showkat Ali said that they launched an investigation following a case filed with the Paslaish Police Station.

The counter terrorism official said that no suspect was identified, nor anyone arrested over the blast so far.  

He said that the targets of all eight attacks were the police and an investigation was on to examine whether the materials of the bomb and the perpetrators involved belonged to the same group.

The Anti-terrorism Unit of police officials in Dhaka said their team collected evidences and had been working since Friday after the blast.

Before the attack in Chattogram, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, the IS group claimed that they carried out seven attacks.

The government rejected all such claims on the ground that the sources were unreliable.

Deputy Commissioner Saiful Islam of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they were examining the nature of the latest attack with the past ones. 

It could not be confirmed whether the improvised explosive device was similar to the ones used in previous occasions. The counter terrorism unit has collected evidences from five incidents that occurred between April 29 and August 31 in Dhaka and Khulna.

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