ISIS claims suicide attack on Bangladesh elite forces camp

Explosives recovered from a foiled attacker is blown up by a Bangladeshi police bomb disposal unit in a field on the outskirts of Dhaka on March 18, 2017.
Explosives recovered from a foiled attacker is blown up by a Bangladeshi police bomb disposal unit in a field on the outskirts of Dhaka on March 18, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed on Saturday (March 18) a suicide bomb attack a day earlier on a camp for Bangladesh's elite security forces.

"A caliphate soldier in Bangladesh carried out a martyrdom operation with an explosive belt in a camp for special forces in Dhaka," the group announced in its daily al-Bayan radio bulletin.

Two people were wounded in the apparently botched attack, one of the first in recent years against the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force which is tasked with tackling militancy.

The incident came a day after a series of raids on suspected militant hideouts in the troubled country.

Bangladesh has seen a spate of deadly attacks recently on foreigners, writers and activists.

The country's security forces launched a nationwide crackdown on Islamist extremists following a siege at a cafe in Dhaka last year, arresting scores of suspects.

The ISIS group also claimed responsibility for that attack, in which 22 people, including 18 foreign hostages, were killed.

The government has denied the presence of ISIS in the country and blames local extremists.

On Saturday, police shot dead a suspected militant in Dhaka.

The man was killed as he tried to cross a security roadblock on a motorbike carrying a bag with improvised explosive devices, according to RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan.