Vol. 4 Num 348 Sat. May 22, 2004  
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Security beefed up around diplomatic enclave

The diplomatic corps in Dhaka have expressed concern at the bomb attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet yesterday afternoon.

The British High Commission informed The Daily Star yesterday evening that they could not provide an official statement saying, "We are just highly concerned that the high commissioner is injured."

When contacted an official at the US embassy told The Daily Star, "We are concerned about the incident."

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in and around the diplomatic enclave in Gulshan and Baridhara in Dhaka, amid several embassies making frenzied inquiries about the condition of the British high commissioner and what the motive of the attack could be.

UNB reports, soon after the incident, extra police were deployed in the area to take position around the enclave and check vehicles entering or leaving the area.

Special police teams were posted at British High Commission, at the high commissioner's residence, the British Council centres at Fuller Road and Dhanmondi.

Additional forces were also sent to different key-point installations (KPIs), including Bangladesh Television Centre in Rampura, Bangladesh Betar at Agargaon, and some power and gas establishments.