The Gazipur police on Wednesday arrested a youth who allegedly tried to loot a bank threatening to blast bomb in a branch of Prime Bank Limited at Chandona Chowrasta area in the city at around 12:45pm.
The police recovered improvised explosive device from the arrestee, identified as Md Abu Bakar Siddique, 30, a sacked readymade garment worker hailing from Morelganj in Bagerhat.
Gazipur Metropolitan Police acting commissioner Mohammad Azad Mia and the bank manager Farid Ahmed said that Abu Bakar entered the Prime Bank branch housed on the second floor of Shapla Mansion at around 12:45pm with a black schoolbag.
He entered the room of the manager and threatened to give him all the money the bank had or he would blast the explosive with a device set in his mobile phone.
As he tried to hold the manager hostage, the manager managed to get out of the room and closed the gate of the branch, according to witnesses.
The manager said he immediately called the police after the clients and other bank officials also managed to get out of the office in panic.
Acting police commissioner Azad said that they deployed huge force around the bank branch and blocked the surroundings. Later police entered the office and arrested the suspect and the improvised explosive device was recovered from his bag.
A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime neutralised the IED, he said.
Several hundred people gathered there hearing the news of the incident, according to witnesses.
Abu Bakar was sacked from Belmont Garments and was living in Bottala area of Board Bazar, according to the police.
The police said Abu Bakar was being interrogated to ascertain whether he had any link with extremism.
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