The ruling Awami League has blamed the bomb attacks at a Shia gathering in on the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.
A party spokesperson said on Saturday that the bombings outside the Hussaini Dalan in Old Dhaka was part of a ‘planned’ initiative.
“Those who set off the bombs are trying to destabilise the country and disturb the law and order situation. They are members of the BNP and Jamaat,” said Joint Secretary General Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif.
Speaking with the media after the party’s Secretaries’ council meeting, Hanif said, “Such planned attacks does not mean that the law and order situation has deteriorated.”
Meanwhile, Food Minister Md Qamrul Islam said that those behind the Old Dhaka blasts were also responsible for killing two foreigners and murdering a policeman in the capital.
“It’s a new strategy of those who failed to start a movement,” he told reporters on Saturday after visiting the blasts site.
Asked who he was referring to, Islam said, “Let me spell it out clearly—Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP.”
The government had earlier blamed the BNP for the killings of an Italian aid worker and Japanese national, which the party has denied and said that such comments during investigations were meant to shield the real perpetrators.
The government and security forces have also said the blasts at Shia gathering was aimed to ‘destabilise the country’.
Bangladesh police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque said that the blasts were linked to Thursday’s killing of police officer at Dhaka’s Gabtoli.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, however, evaded directly blaming anyone for the attack.
It was an attempt to create instability, he said. “There was adequate security. The attack was meant to create panic.”
Kamal said that conspiracies were taking place within the country and abroad to destabilise Bangladesh. “We have a lot of information, which will be analysed. The perpetrators will be tracked soon.”
Replying a query on involvement of militants, he said: “We had never allowed militants to run amok in this country and that will not happen now as well.”