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‘Suicide blast’ kills ‘bomber’ at Ashkona

17 March 2017, 4:04:40

Staff Reporter:A suspected bomber was killed in what is thought to be a suicide blast at a barrack of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Dhaka’s Ashkona area during Jumma prayers on Friday afternoon.

The bomber died on the spot and two Rab men were “slightly injured,” Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of the force’s legal and media wing, told bd24live.

The Ashkona Rab barracks is a proposed site for the headquarters of the elite force. Currently, it is mostly an empty space fenced by brick walls. Inside, a large barrack is located.

Dhaka Airport Police Station Officer-in-Charge Noor-E-Azam told bd24live that there was an explosion near the RAB camp site and that a man died in the blast.

Contacted, Rab spokesman Mufti Mahmud said that the man climbed over the fencing and trespassed into Rab property around 1:30pm. “When challenged, a bomb he was carrying exploded.”

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