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Terror attacks will be a problem before next national election, says Quader

  • Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2017-03-18 15:46:04 BdST

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A suspected militant was shot dead on Saturday during an attempted attack on RAB check-post in Dhaka's Khilgaon within a day of a suicide blast at the force's base in the capital's Ashkona.

After holding the BNP liable for terror attacks, the ruling Awami League's General Secretary Obaidul Quader says the attacks will 'become a problem' before the next national elections.

Following Friday's suspected suicide blast at the barracks of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka's Ashkona, Road Transport Minister Quader went on record blaming the BNP for it.

His latest remarks came on Saturday after RAB said it foiled a possible suicide attack on a check-post in the capital's Khilgaon.

"Since the national elections are only a year and half away, these attacks will definitely get in the way of the polls," he said while speaking at a programme in Dhaka. "No one is safe when such attacks multiply."

Following Friday's suicide blast at RAB barracks in Dhaka, Obaidul Quader blamed the BNP for patronising terrorists. File photo

Following Friday's suicide blast at RAB barracks in Dhaka, Obaidul Quader blamed the BNP for patronising terrorists. File photo

The BNP, however, claims that the government is playing the militancy card for political gains.

The senior Awami League leader said the attacks were a part of a conspiracy to taint Bangladesh's image in the global arena.

"They are targeting RAB and police to demoralise the security forces and now they have the chosen March, the month of independence."

After security forces' crackdown on militancy following the Gulshan and Sholakia terror attacks in July last year, the militants had appeared weakened, but recent incidents suggested that they were re-grouping and a leadership was in charge.