Experts defuse a bomb found near the court building of Brahmanbaria in the wee hours of yesterday. Following a tip off, Rab personnel raided the court building and found the bomb near an electricity pole late on Tuesday. Photo: Focus Bangla
Rab recovered a powerful homemade bomb near the main gates of Brahmanbaria Judge Court on Tuesday night.
Maj Mohammad Mahfuz-ul-Amin Noor, commanding officer of Rab-9 Bhairab camp, said the homemade device was equivalent to 45 powerful grenades. The bomb could have razed at least half of the court building and surrounding structures if it was triggered.
According to Rab sources, they were tipped off about the whereabouts of the bomb and an explosives expert team headed by Major Abdur Rahman was rushed from Dhaka immediately. The bomb was found wrapped in a bag and buried under five sacks of sand at the bottom of an electric pole near the main gate of the court around 11:00pm on Tuesday. It was defused around 2:50am yesterday.
The sources also said the bomb was placed so that the District Judge Court, District Commissioner's office, Superintendent of Police's office, the Civil Surgeon's office, and the Circuit House and Engineering Offices come within its blast radius.
The sources said the bomb, weighing four kilograms, contained high power explosives, a detonator, and a series of complex circuits.
Mahfuz said, “We have treated the bomb as an improvised powerful bomb. These types of explosives can be triggered by heat, light, seismic interruptions or even induction from electromagnetic waves.” The law enforcement agency did not allow any photographs to be taken.
“Detectives have been asked to find out those involved in planting this bomb,” he added.
Brahmanbaria Superintendent of Police Md Muniruzzaman said several teams of police are also working to find a lead to this case.