An unknown criminal has died after he was gunned down by the RAB whom he attacked with explosives at a checkpost in capital Dhaka’s Khilgaon area early Saturday.
Two members of the elite force were also injured during the attack at around 4:35am. They have been admitted to hospital, RAB officials say.
The attack comes within 24 hours of a ‘suicide attack’ inside a makeshift RAB camp at Ashokona in the city on Friday.
RAB-3 Captain Tuhin Mohammad Masud said the elite force gunned down the attacker, leaving him with critical injuries as he riding on a motorcycle attacked them.
RAB-3 Operations Officer ASM Sakhawat Hossain said he was found with huge explosives strapped to the body.
After deadly raids at militant hideouts at Chittagong’s Mirsarai, a makeshift RAB camp came under a suicide attack at Ashokona in the capital on Friday noon.
The ‘suicide bomber’, believed to be a suspected militant, died on the spot.
The RAB has been launching anti-militant raids across the country since a deadly cafe attack took place in Dhaka city last year.
The raids had triggered a lull in the militant activities, but it came to an end with militants trying to snatch their leader Mufti Abdul Hannan from a prison van at Tongi in Gazipur on March 6.
The next day, two suspected militants were also arrested as they threw bombs at police during a routine check of a bus in Comilla.
On the duo’s tip-off, the deadly raids were launched at the Mirsarai militant hideouts, when at least four suicide bombers died, according to police.
Meanwhile, the Jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack at Ashkona, but law enforcers, as always, have denied the IS claim, let alone its existence in Bangladesh.