Dhaka: A suspected bomber died in what is believed to be a suicide blast at a camp of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Dhaka’s Ashkona area during Jumma prayers this 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 The Daily Star.
The Ashkona Rab camp is a proposed site for the headquarters of the elite force. Currently, it is mostly an empty space fenced by brick walls.
Dhaka Airport Police Station Officer-in-Charge Noor-E-Azam told The Daily Star 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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The incident takes places a day after police busted a suspected militant den in Chittagong’s Sitakunda. The operation – code named Assault 16 – ended in deaths of four militants.