A Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative in handcuffs exploded an improvised grenade at the police superintendent’s office in Gazipur yesterday, injuring at least a dozen people, mostly policemen and journalists.
Superintendent of Police in Gazipur Abdul Baten said Mamun alias Zahid, the male arrestee, flung himself on the seized grenades on display and managed to pull the pin out of one. And in a split second, he hurled the grenade at the police and journalists there.
Around six hours back, police captured the four and recovered five grenades and a cache of bomb-making materials at a village in Tongi.
Besides the militant, nine policemen and three journalists were injured in the explosion that had the hallmarks of a suicide attempt.
The wounded cops include Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Joydevpur Police Station Abdur Rashid, OC Abdul Hanif of Detective Branch in Gazipur, sub-inspectors (SI) Omar Faruq and Alam Chand of Tongi Police Station, Special Branch SI Mamun, SI Delwar Hossain, constables Sajib, Neyamat and Latif and the newsmen are Nasir Uddin of ntv, Fazlul Huq Morol of channel i and local journalist Dablu Rahman.
They were first rushed to Gazipur Sadar Hospital. But as their condition worsened, six of them were taken to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and two to Pongu (orthopaedics) Hospital in the capital.
The Gazipur SP said they believe the JMB cadres were preparing to attack programmes of International Mother Language Day in the capital today.
Meanwhile, a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) team arrested three more members of the militant group in raids at Konabari and Uttarkhan of Tongi in the afternoon. They also seized two grenades and CDs and books on jihad.