Huseni Dalan attack planned to destabilise country: DMP

Shia_Mosque_Daily_Dhaka_TimesDaily Dhaka Times: The explosions at the Shia gathering in Old Dhaka and murder of a police officer at Gabtoli are linked, says Bangladesh police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) said on Saturday that the bombs used in Old Dhaka resembles the one recovered from a suspect now questioned over the policeman’s murder at the capital’s Gabtoli.

Three explosions at a gathering of Shia Muslims outside the Hussaini Dalan past Friday midnight left one dead and at least 80 injured.

On Thursday night, an assistant sub inspector (ASI) was stabbed to death at a check post in Dhaka’s Gabtoli. The assailant fled but police arrested a man who was with him. Police have arrested another three over the killing.

IGP Hoque went to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Saturday to visit the Old Dhaka blasts victims.

Speaking to reporters, he said that the bomb recovered from Kamrangirchar on information provided by the suspect arrested over the ASI’s murder was similar to those used in the attack in Old Dhaka.

He said both the incidents were ‘planned well ahead’ by ‘those trying to create instability’ in the country.

Terming the blasts at Dhaka’s Huseni Dalan a planned attack, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said a vested quarter carried out the attack to destabilise the country.

“Primarily, it seems to be a planned attack,” the DMP chief told journalists after visiting the spot around 6:00am today.

The police officer however claimed that the law and order situation in the country have now at satisfactory level.

A child was killed and about 87 others were injured in the bomb explosions around 1:30am when members of Shia community were gathering there hours before the traditional Tajia procession to mark the holy Ashura.


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