Bomber dies in blast near Dhaka airport

A bomber died while attempting to carry out an attack at a police check post near Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Airport) Ruhul Amin Shagor confirmed to The Dhaka Tribune that there were no other casualties in the incident.

The blast occurred at a checkpoint near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, according to Assistant Police Commissioner Ruhul Amin Shagor.It was the third recent attempted suicide attack in Bangladesh’s capital.

Armed Police Battalion (APBn) Assistant Commissioner Tanzila Akter told bdnews24.com that the blast occurred at 7 pm on Friday and the man died on the spot. She initially called it a ‘suicide attack’, but Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said it was not an attack, rather “the explosion occurred in a trolley bag a man was carrying on the street, and he was killed in the blast.”

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon assured citizens that the incident will not hamper operations at the airport. Authorities have also said that there was no need for additional security. Public Relations Officer for the Civil Aviation Authority Rezaul Karim said they had heightened security on the premises after the bomb attack on the Rapid Action Battalion camp at Ashkona, Bangladesh, last week.

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