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Suicide bomber blows himself up at Bangladesh forces' camp

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

An Islamist suicide bomber today blew himself up inside a camp of Bangladesh's elite security forces near the Dhaka international airport, injuring two security personnel, in an attack claimed by the ISIS terror group.

"It was an incident of suicide bombing. The suicide attacker targeted our camp," Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) spokesman Commander Mufty Mahmud said.

Authorities have issued an alert for all international and domestic airports and prisons in the country and ordered to step up security.

"It is not a red alert, but we have received orders for more vigilance. We are always alert. We have been told to intensify our security because of that incident," said Superintendent Jahangir Kabir of Dhaka Central Jail.

The ISIS terror group, within hours, claimed the attack on its Arabic Amaq agency, saying one of its supporters carried out the suicide bomb attack on an RAB barrack, Dhaka Tribune reported.

It is the first attack ISIS has claimed in this year and 27th since September 2015.

Over 70,000 inmates are lodged at 68 jails in the country.

The area where the incident took place was earmarked for constructing the headquarters of the force.

The blast wounded two RAB men who were being treated at the nearby Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka Cantonment.

The officer said the attack appeared to be an act of any militant outfit, but it was not clear immediately which of the Islamist outfits staged it.

"Right now we are concentrating our attention to ascertain if the complex and the neighbourhood are secured," Mahmud said as police's counter terrorism unit with bomb disposal team reached the scene while thoroughfares around the complex were blocked for vehicular movements.

Witnesses said the youth exploded a powerful bomb as several RAB men gathered at a common bathing place at the camp, killing himself 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, aged around 25 years, apparently sneaked into the complex after scaling 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. Two days ago, the ISIS terror group had called for suicide attacks in

has witnessed a nationwide anti-Islamist crackdown since last week while police said they arrested over 80 militants.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 19:33 IST