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Suicide attacker targets Bangladesh army camp

AFP | 2017-03-17 11:58:36.0
Army soldiers. File photo
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A man blew himself up on Friday as he tried to get into a camp for Bangladesh's elite security forces, wounding two others, in an apparent botched suicide attack, a minister said.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said a man carrying explosives entered the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) camp near the Dhaka international airport on Friday morning.

The explosives went off after he was challenged by two RAB men, wounding them both but causing no other casualties.

"The person who was carrying the bomb was killed," said Khan.

RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters the bomb exploded after he was confronted by RAB men, although it was not clear whether the detonation was deliberate.

The spokesman said the man's identity was not known, but that the attack was similar in style to that of previous ones by Islamist extremists.

The camp, which hosts a mix of elite police, army and air force personnel, has since been cordoned off.

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