Islamic State claims attack on Khulna police garage, KMP rejects

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:13, Dec 08,2019

 
 

The Islamic State group has claimed the responsibility of a bomb explosion of December 5 beside Aranghata police station in Khulna city, according to the United States-based SITE Intelligence Group based on their online claim.

The Khulna Metropolitan Police commissioner Khandker Lutful Kabir, however, on Saturday dismissed the claim by the IS group but said investigation was launched.

‘None was arrested over the incident and it caused no damage,’ said the KMP spokesperson and an additional deputy commissioner Moniruzzaman Mithu.

He said the reported explosion took place beside the Aranghata police station at about 6:22pm on December 5 and caused no damage.

Senior officials visited the place immediately and collected the evidence, said Moniruzzaman when he was asked whether any CCTV footage was collected.

The Anti-Terrorism Unit intelligence chief Moniruzzaman told New Age they have sent their team to the spot and collected evidence for investigation.

‘Primary investigation suggested it was an extremist act and we are investigating’ said Moniruzzaman without naming any specific extremist group.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism and transitional crime unit deputy commissioner Saiful Islam said their team also visited the spot and collecting information. 

It was the second similar explosion since September 30.

On September 30, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, the IS group claimed the responsibility of the bomb explosion at a ward unit Awami League office at Shiromoni in Khulna city.

The KMP recently transferred the case to the district office of Police Bureau of Investigation.

The PBI’s special superintendent Anisur Rahman said they were yet to arrest anyone over September attack and no motive was revealed as yet.

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, it was the IS group’s 7th claim of carrying out attack in the country, second outside of Dhaka, and sixth targeting police. The government rejected all the claims.

It could not be confirmed whether the elements used in the improvised explosive device were as similar with the remains the CTTC had collected following five incidents between April 29 and August 31 in Dhaka.

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