Islamic State Claims Bangladesh Bombing


March 19, 2017

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bomb attack on a Bangladesh security forces camp, while police in Dhaka shot dead a suspected militant in a separate incident.

The Bangladeshi government has repeatedly denied the presence of I.S. in the country, blaming attacks on local extremists. “A caliphate soldier in Bangladesh carried out a martyrdom operation with an explosive belt in a camp for special forces in Dhaka,” I.S. announced in its daily al-Bayan radio bulletin on Saturday.

Two policemen were wounded in the apparently botched attack on Friday when a man blew himself up at an elite forces camp near Dhaka’s international airport. The camp attacked was occupied by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite force tasked with combatting militancy.

Asked about I.S.’s claim of responsibility, RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told AFP: “I.S. has no presence in Bangladesh at all.”

 

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Source: Newsweek Pakistan.