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Man carrying explosives killed at checkpoint in Bangladesh

Man carrying explosives killed at checkpoint in Bangladesh
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stand guard on the entrance of the camp, as a man walks cross the spot where unidentified intruder has died in a blast after attempting to enter camp of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 17, 2017. Photo: AP
Published: 3:15 PM, March 18, 2017

NEW DELHI — A man carrying explosives was fired on and killed when he tried to cross a checkpoint run by an elite anti-crime force in Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday (March 18), officials said.

In a text message to media, the Rapid Action Battalion said the security officers opened fire as the man tried to penetrate the checkpoint with “a motorbike and explosives” in Dhaka’s Khilgaon area.

The agency’s operational official ASM Sakhawat Hossain told reporters that officers found the explosives in a bag the man was carrying.

The man’s identity was not immediately clear.

Mr Hossain said bomb experts were at the scene to examine the explosives.

The agency’s spokesman, Mufti Mahmud Khan, said two officials were injured but it was not clear how.

On Friday, a suspected militant died when he exploded a bomb at the camp where the agency’s future headquarters is under construction.

Bangladesh has experienced a surge in militant attacks in recent years when atheist bloggers, writers and publishers, and foreigners and members of minority communities were targets.

In July, 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed by a group of five militants in a restaurant in Dhaka. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack but the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rejected that, saying the men belonged to domestic group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh. AP