BOGRA, April 4: A bomb disposal team on Monday recovered huge grenades, firearms and ammunition from a building in Sherpur upazila of Bogra where two people were killed in a bomb explosion on Sunday.
The recovery was made after a 12-member team of the bomb disposal unit from Dhaka started their investigation at the one-storey building beside Dhaka-Bogra Highway at Mohipur village in Sherpur.
Meanwhile, police on Monday claimed they thwarted a plot by the banded militant's organization Jama'at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to launch attacks on Pahela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year Day.
The seized arms may be used to attack on people at Pahela Boishakh festival, said officials of Bogra police.
JMB operatives stockpiled a huge cache of grenades and other explosives as part of a plan to carry out attacks on any national program like Pahela Boishakh. The militant outfit also planned to attack religious programmes, priests and pirs, said Bogra's Superintendent of Police Asad-uz-Zaman.
"As many as 25 grenades, four pistols, 40 round of ammunition have been found there," said SP Asad-uz-Zaman. The police, however, are yet to confirm the identity of the two killed. Police said that fire-fighters from Sherpur town rushed to the spot on Sunday night after the explosion.
A 12-member expert team from Dhaka's bomb disposal unit recovered the bombs and bomb-making substance from the house. They also seized a Bajaj motorcycle and a bicycle from the house, Asaduzzaman said at a press briefing.
"The three-room house was being used as a bomb-making factory," the SP told journalists. Locals said a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver, Mizan, had rented the house from its owner Mahbubur Rahman, who lives in Ashulia area, six months back. Mahabub's daughter, Sumaiya Akhter, and her husband used to live in the house.
After Mizan had gone to his hometown in Naogaon on Friday morning, two men identifying themselves as relatives of Mizan came to the house.