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Suicide bomber blows self up in RAB camp in Bangladesh

Published : Mar 17, 2017, 3:30 pm IST
Updated : Mar 17, 2017, 3:35 pm IST

A man carrying explosives entered the of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) camp and blew it up, said Home Minister.

Bangladesh policemen. (Photo: Representational/AP)
 Bangladesh policemen. (Photo: Representational/AP)

Dhaka: A suicide bomber on Friday blew himself up inside a huge camp of Bangladesh's elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion here, injuring two security personnel.

"The suicide attacker targeted our camp," RAB legal and media wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan was quoted as saying by the bdnews.

Witnesses said a youth exploded a powerful bomb as several RAB men gathered at a common bathing place at the camp killing him instantly and seriously wounding two members of the elite force which draws personnel from army, police, navy and air force.

Residents in the neighbourhood said the bomber was aged around 25 years and he apparently sneaked in the complex after crossing the wall.

The attack comes a day after police's Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit conducted a raid in Chittagong's Sitakunda where two militants of New JMB group blew themselves up to evade arrest.

Bangladesh witnesses a special nationwide anti-Islamist crackdown since last week while police said they arrested over 80 suspected militants.

Tags: suicide bomber, rapid action battalion, terrorism
Location: Bangladesh, Dhaka, Dhaka