Prisons, airports in alert after ‘Ashkona suicide blast’

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 17 Mar 2017, 17:37:02

Prisons, airports in alert after ‘Ashkona suicide blast’

Authorities have intensified security in all prisons and airports across Bangladesh following a suicide bomb explosion at Ashkona area in Dhaka on Friday noon.

The alert for increased security came within two hours of the Ashkona incident, Additional Inspector General of Prisons Iqbal Hasan said, reports

"It is not a red alert. But we have received orders for more vigilance," he said.

"We are always alert. But we have been told to intensify our security because of that incident," said Superintendent Jahangir Kabir of Dhaka Central Jail.

Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon ordered to beef up security in all prisons, says Shomoy Television.

Earlier, an unidentified man jumped over the boundary of a makeshift RAB camp in Ashkona around 1pm Friday.

The bomb on his body exploded while he tried to escape the personnel inside.

Law enforcers were yet to say who were responsible for attack that left two RAB men injured.

There are more than 70,000 inmates at 68 jails across the country.

A series of murders that started in 2015 continued until the middle of last year. Secular writers, publishers, bloggers and religious minorities were among those targeted.

There have been suicide bomb attacks on police check posts and also a Navy mosque at Chittagong during that period.
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