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Man carrying explosives killed at checkpoint in Bangladesh

  • Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stand guard at the entrance of their camp where an unidentified intruder has died in a blast, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 17, 2017. A suspected militant died Friday when he exploded a bomb at the future headquarters of the Bangladesh security agency, officials said. (AP Photo)

    Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stand guard at the entrance of their camp where an unidentified intruder has died in a blast, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 17, 2017. A suspected militant died Friday when he exploded a bomb at the future headquarters of the Bangladesh security agency, officials said. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stand guard at the entrance of a camp of the RAB as a man walks across the spot where an unidentified intruder has died in a blast in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 17, 2017. A suspected militant died Friday when he exploded a bomb at the future headquarters of the Bangladesh security agency, officials said. (AP Photo)

    Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stand guard at the entrance of a camp of the RAB as a man walks across the spot where an unidentified intruder has died in a blast in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 17, 2017. A suspected militant died Friday when he exploded a bomb at the future headquarters of the Bangladesh security agency, officials said. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladesh bomb experts detonate homemade explosives seized from a man in Khilgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, March 18, 2017. A man carrying explosives was fired on and killed when he tried to cross a checkpoint run by an elite anti-crime force in Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, officials said.(AP Photo)

    Bangladesh bomb experts detonate homemade explosives seized from a man in Khilgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, March 18, 2017. A man carrying explosives was fired on and killed when he tried to cross a checkpoint run by an elite anti-crime force in Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, officials said.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Security officials say a man carrying explosives was fired on and killed when he tried to cross a checkpoint run by an elite anti-crime force in Bangladesh's capital.

In a text message to media, the Rapid Action Battalion said the security officers opened fire as the man tried to penetrate the checkpoint with "a motorbike and explosives" early Saturday.

The agency's operational official A.S.M. Sakhawat Hossain told reporters that officers found the explosives in a bag the man was carrying.

The man's identity was not immediately clear.

On Friday, a suspected militant died when he exploded a bomb at the camp where the agency's future headquarters is under construction.

Bangladesh has experienced a surge in militant attacks in recent years.