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3 Months into Moghbazar blast

No headway yet in probe

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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Three months have already elapsed since the explosion of a powerful bomb at Wireless in Moghbazar in the capital, but law enforcers have made no apparent headway in the investigation.

They are yet to find out how the bomb appeared inside a rubbish-containing plastic drum in front of St Mary’s International School even though the area is equipped with CCTV cameras.

In the morning of January 24, the powerful bomb, which is suspected to be an IED, blasted while the drum was inadvertently thrown.

Four people -- Saiful Islam, 36, Mohammad Tareq, 20, Abul Kalam, 25, and Mohammad Shahin, 30, -- were hurt in the explosion. Later, Sub-Inspector (SI) Shahadat Hossain filed a case at Ramna Model Police Station under the Explosive Substances Act. The Bomb Disposal Unit under the CTTC is now investigating the blast.

When contacted, Md Asaduzzaman, additional commissioner (CTTC) of the DMP, told the Daily Sun that they are yet to trace those who kept the bomb there.

“Somebody with the bomb was going through the area and kept it inside the drum to hide it,” he said.

“We are trying to identify him. We’ll find him or her out,” he said.

After the blast, AKM Hafiz Akhter, additional commissioner (crime) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told reporters that it was a powerful bomb. It contained splinters, miniature pieces of iron and gunpowder, he said.   Md Shahidullah, deputy commissioner (Ramna Crime Division) of the DMP told the Daily Sun that the bomb is believed to be a middle-sized IED, which had splinters. An act of sabotage might have been planned, said the police official.