A suicide bomber detonated a bomb on the proposed site of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Headquarters at Uttara in the capital on Friday, blowing off himself and rocking the barracks of the elite police unit.
“The wrists and chest of the young bomber blew off in the hand-bomb explosion,” a witness said in panic.
Two RAB personnel — Lance Corporal Mizan and Constable Arif — were wounded in the suicide bomb blast, as they stopped the bomber from entering the camp.
The Islamic State (IS) claimed the responsibility for the blast.
RAB sources said the explosion took place in front of a temporary camp of the crime-busting agency on the site at Ashkona during Jum’a prayers.
RAB sources said a black travel bag was found near the body of the suicide attacker aged about 27. He wore black pants and white checked shirt.
They said no leaflet or document was found there. But the bomber exploded a suicide vest.
Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of the RAB legal and media wing, said while briefing newsmen that it was an incident of suicide bombing.
The suicide bomber entered the RAB complex site by jumping over its boundary wall at around 1:00pm.
When the bomber was challenged by two RAB personnel, he then tried to escape and immediately exploded a bomb he was carrying with him.
Mufti Mahmud said the attack might be an act of any extremist outfit, but it was not clear immediately which Islamist outfits staged it.
Another RAB officer said the suicide bomber was challenged at the bathing place of the RAB camp where he entered on a plea of performing ablution.“I came out of a Haji camp mosque adjacent to the RAB office site when I heard a loud bang and got panicked,” another witness said.
When he rushed to the RAB camp to see his vehicle, he saw a youth lying on the ground and his flesh scattered everywhere.
Some employees of the RAB Legal and Media Wing and Transports Department were staying at the RAB camp, a half kilometre off Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.
Bashir Ahmed, owner of a Dadu Teashop, said, “We got panicked hearing a loud sound of the explosion. It rocked the area.”
RAB members cordoned off the blast site and were not allowing journalists to enter there. However, intelligence officials and bomb disposal units reached the scene.
IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque and RAB Director-General Benzir Ahmed visited the blast site in the evening.
It noted that the suicide blast took place a day after four Neo-JMB militants were killed during an overnight raid on a militant den at Sitakunda in Chittagong.
Following the blast, security was tightened at airports, prions and other important establishments .