A powerful bomb was recovered from inside a plastic bag in front of the traffic police box in the signboard area of Siddhirganj in Narayanganj. Upon receiving the news, the Bomb Disposal Unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) defused the bomb at around 7.30 pm on Monday.
Narayanganj Additional Superintendent of Police Mehdi Imran Siddiqui told Prothom Alo that a signboard traffic police box area was cordoned off after seeing a bomb-like object inside the bag. The bomb disposal unit of the DMP was later informed. They came and confirmed that the object inside the bag was a ‘remote controlled bomb’. The bomb is an improvised explosive device (IED). The bomb was later detonated by a robot, blocking traffic on both sides of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway. Then bomb-panic spread in the area. In the interest of security, police and RAB members cordoned off the spot and informed the DMP’s Bomb Disposal Unit. Traffic Police Inspector Kamrul Islam told Prothom Alo that five traffic policemen were on duty at the highway signboard in the morning and five in the afternoon. That police box on the signboard for traffic sergeants to sit on. At around 4 pm, they found a bomb-like object inside a bag with a wall in front of the traffic police box and informed the higher authorities. Additional Superintendent of Police Mehdi Imran Siddiqui said the bomb was very powerful. At the time of the bombing, any installations or people within 30 meters could have caused extensive destruction and loss of life. He said an investigation was underway into the motive behind the bombing. It is not possible to say anything with certainty before the investigation.
Dhaka-Chittagong is one of the most important highways in the country. This highway carries vehicles from about 16 districts in the eastern and southern parts of the country. An important point of this highway is the signboard area of Siddhirganj. Hundreds of pedestrians and other vehicles ply in the area.