Knife Attack In Dhaka Airport Kills One


Dhaka: An assailant, armed with a knife, trespassed the airport premises and killed a security staff. Several others were also injured in the incident that took place in the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday evening.

The deceased was Md Sohagh Ali, 28, an Ansar man employed for security of the airport, Kanchan Banerjee, in-charge of the airport’s Ansar camp, told The Daily Star.

The attacker, who claimed himself as a cleaner, was shot down and captured alive. He was under treatment at Kurmitola Hospital, our correspondent reports.

The incident took place near the entrance of international departure lounge around 6:30pm, said Noor-E-Azam, officer-in-charge of Airport Police Station. The attacker was trying to enter the premises of Dhaka airport without clearance, Ibrahim Bhuiyan, deputy director of Ansar force (west zone), told The Daily Star.

“The security staffs asked him for clearance papers which he couldn’t show. At one point, the attacker stabbed Sohagh. Later, he stabbed some other security staffs.”

Police shot down the attacker – who identified himself as Shihab – and captured him alive, said OC Noor-E-Azam. Last reported, he was attending treatments at Kurmitola Hospital.

Ziaur Rahman, an APC member and security staff of the airport, was also undergoing treatment there, APC’s airport platoon Commander Md Ashraful, said.

The security staff was taken to the hospital in an injured condition where he succumbed. Md Ashraful told The Daily Star that Sohagh sustained a deep stab on his chest.

“The attacker claimed himself as Shihab but we are yet to be sure whether it is real name,” Ruhul Amin Sagar, assistant commissioner (Airport zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told The Daily Star.

He is believed to be insane. Investigation is underway.