Law enforcement agencies stepped up drives against militancy following the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in 2016
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP) Md Shafiqul Islam has said it is suspected that militants conducted the attacks in Dhaka’s Malibagh and Gulistan in order to attract funding and intimidate police.
“It is believed that militants conducted the attacks in Malibagh and Gulistan for two reasons: to attract funding and intimidate police,” the IGP said.
The CID chief made the comments while addressing reporters during a press conference at the CID headquarters in Malibagh on Thursday morning.
Law enforcement agencies stepped up drives against militancy following the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in 2016.
“Due to the crackdown on militancy by law enforcement agencies, militants had long been inactive in the country. Militant organizations need to be active in order to attract funding from their donors, and we suspect this is why the Malibagh and Gulistan attacks were conducted,” the IGP said.
“The attacks may also have been conducted to intimidate and demoralize police into stopping drives against militancy. However, we will not be intimidated and will continue our efforts to catch militants,” he added.
On Sunday, May 26, a female assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police and two others were injured by explosives hurled at a police vehicle at the Malibagh intersection in Dhaka.
"A police patrol car was going to Ganabhaban to pick up female police officers, when an explosive was thrown at the back of the car," Paltan police station SI Md Syed Ali told Dhaka Tribune.
Earlier, on April 30, two traffic police constables and one community traffic member were injured in a blast in Dhaka's Gulistan area,a few hours after two people were killed in a blast in a suspected militant den, also in Dhaka.
According to a statement of the Site Intelligence Group, the Islamic State claimed the attack.