Bangladesh beefs up security in wake of Sri Lanka blasts

Published: April 21, 2019 20:02:09 | Updated: April 22, 2019 11:42:53

Security has been ratcheted up across Bangladesh on Shab-e-Barat in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bomb blasts in churches and five star hotels in Sri Lanka.

The police top brass has directed law enforcement personnel to be on high alert and raise the number of check posts throughout the country, reports bdnews24.com.

“There aren’t any fears of an incident in the Bangladesh like the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. But we are increasing our surveillance and security measures over Shab-e-Barat and Easter Sunday,” Md Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general of police headquarters, said on Sunday.

The increased security measures are part of the police’s ‘routine work’ in an effort to prevent any ‘untoward incidents’ from occurring, he said.

On Sunday, bombs exploded within 15 minutes from 8:30 am to 8:45 am in three churches and three five star hotels in Sri Lanka during the special prayers on Easter Day.

According to several global media reports, at least 207 people were killed and more than 400 others injured in the incidents.

Later, two more blasts were reported by the international media.

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