An Islamist extremist decided to kill himself instead of being captured by the police. According to reports the incidence happened in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka after the extremist detonated a suicide vest and other explosives as police prepared to raid his hotel room.
The blast, on the third floor of a hotel in the city centre, sent police running for cover and showered the streets below in rubble and smoke.
National police chief A.K.M Shahidul Hoque said the deceased was a foot soldier from Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh — a local militant outfit blamed for the massacre of 22 hostages at a cafe popular with foreigners in Dhaka last year.
“He was carrying bombs and a suicide vest. The door was blown off in one explosion, and he died in the second explosion,” he told AFP.
The incident came as Bangladesh marked an annual national day of mourning to commemorate the assassination of the nation’s founding leader and secular icon, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in a military coup in 1975.