Suicide bomber killed near Dhaka airport

Indo Asian News Service

Dhaka, March 24 (IANS) A suicide bomber was killed in a blast in front of a police box near Dhaka airport on Friday, media reports said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Airport) Ruhul Amin Shagor said a suicide bomber attempted to attack the police box overlooking the airport intersection at 7 p.m., Dhaka Tribune reported.

He confirmed the attacker has been killed, and no other casualties were reported.

The attacker, an adult man dressed in jeans and a shirt tried to blow up the outpost with explosives in his pocket or tied around his waist.

According to a witness, the bomber was not carrying anything in his hands, but looked like a drug addict.

Talking to media, Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said the attacker, in his early 30s, was also hauling a luggage which is being inspected by the Bomb Disposal Unit.

He also said it may not have been a suicide attack, but a lethal slip when the terrorist was spooked out and detonated the charges early.

The suicide attack comes exactly a week after another bomb attack on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) camp -- an anti-crime, anti-terrorism unit of the Bangladesh Police -- at the city's Ashkona area, barely half a kilometre away from the airport blast site.