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Bangla cops kill armed militant at checkpost

DHAKA

Bangladesh police shot and killed a suspected militant who tried to enter a security checkpost on a motorcycle armed with explosives on Saturday, the latest in a string of security incidents since a deadly attack on a cafe in July.

The latest incident came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security forces base near the international airport in the South Asian nation’s capital, 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 Mufti Mahmud Khan, spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

“The man was carrying explosives on his body,” the RAB’s Legal and Media wing chief Mufti Mahmud Khan said. He said two officers were wounded in the attack.

A bomb disposal unit was rushed to the spot where it recovered the biker’s bag containing multiple small improvised bombs, which were later diffused, Khan said.

Bangladesh has stepped up security at all airports and prisons across the country after Friday’s suicide attack.Authorities have consistently ruled out the presence of such transnational groups, blaming domestic militants instead.

However, security experts say the scale and sophistication of the cafe attack suggested links to a transnational network.

Agencies