‘Militant planned to attack Dhanmondi 32’: IGP

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Dhaka, August 15: The militant who was killed in the ‘Operation August Bite’ planned to carry out an attack on those heading towards Dhanmondi Road No 32 to pay homage to Bangabandhu on National Mourning Day.Inspector general of police (IGP) Shahidul Haque said this while briefing journalists on the spot after the operation at the hideout on Tuesday.

The police chief told journalists, based on information, detectives visited the spot and finally cordoned off Hotel Olio International opposite Square Hospitals at Panthapath.

Shahidul Haque also said dead militant Saiful Islam, a student of Khulna BL College, was involved in Shibir politics (student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Saiful, who is from Dumuria upazila of Khulna, started his schooling in a madrasa, he added.

The ‘militant’ had a suicide vest on him, a backpack and IED explosives, the IGP said adding that Saiful first exploded the IED and when he tried to explode another bomb, law enforcers fired at him.

But Saiful finally died by possibly exploding his suicide vest, he added.

The IGP also added that if he was not involved with Jamaat-Shibir, he would not have planned an attack on the day the country is mourning Bangabandhu’s killing on this day in 1975.

His father is an imam of a Khulna mosque, Shahidul said.

The operation ‘August Bite’ is a result of the stringent security measures taken during the month of August, the IGP further said.