5 including 4 cops injured at Pallabi police station explosion

Home minister rules out any militant link


Five people including four policemen were injured when a bomb exploded at the capital’s Pallabi police station on Wednesday, which the home minister said has no link with militancy.

The injured were identified as Inspector (operations) Imranul Islam, 48, and Sub-Inspector Sajib Khan, 30, Probationary Sub-Inspectors (PSI) Angkush Kumar, 28 and Rumi TabrisHaider, 28, and a civil staff MohammadReaz, 28.

The explosion occurred around 7am on Wednesday after weight-machine like object went off at the police station compound, Inspector Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Pallabi police station, told the Bangladesh Post.

Rumi and Reazwere undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical Hospital (DMCH), said Mohammad Alauddin, a resident surgeon of the hospital.

Reaz lost his left wrist and sustained injuries on his right hand and abdomen.
Ankus was sent to the National Institute of Ophthalmology while two others were given first aid.

How the incident happened Additional Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Krishna Pada Roy said tipped-off, a team of Pallabi police raided in Kalshi area around 2am on Wednesday and nabbed three members of a crime ring.

Police also seized two fire arms, four-round of bullets and three weight-machine like devices from their possession.
Since the weight-machines seemed suspicious,police called its bomb disposal unit after arriving at the police station. However, one of the devices exploded while analyzing, leaving the causalities.

Another two objects were diffused later.
Policegrilled the arrestees and opened an investigation to find out the motive behind the incident, Krishna Pada said.

No link with militancy
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Kamal said the explosion has no link with militancy.
“Those who were arrested over the incident are the members of a robbery gang and something that they were holding exploded. 

I do not think they belong to any militant outfit,” Kamal told the media at his office following the explosion.
Details would be known after investigation, he added.
There was no link with police’s alert over militant threat ahead of Eid-ul-Azhaas well as an earlier explosion at another city police station,Krishna Pada said.