11 ‘militants’ killed in Gazipur, Tangail operations

11 ‘militants’ killed in Gazipur, Tangail operations

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Dhaka – Eleven suspected militants, including JMB Dhaka regional commander Akash, were killed in separate operations conducted by police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members in their hideouts in Gazipur and Tangail districts on Saturday, UNB news agency reported.Being tipped off a team of Joydebpur Police cordoned off a two-storey building, owned by Saudi Arabia expatriate Soleman Sarkar, in Afarkhola-Patartek area of Gazipur city around 10am, said Gazipur police.
Later, a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit and Special Weapon and Tactics Team (SWAT) rushed in and launched an operation in the building around 12:00 pm.
“The law enforcers first asked the militants to surrender but they didn’t respond, police said. Then they opened fire on the militants who also fired back. The three-hour gunfight left seven militants dead,” said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at a press briefing at 4 pm after the operation.
The seven ‘militants’ included JMB Dhaka regional commander Akash, he said.
Three firearms, some homemade arms and bullets were recovered from the spot, the minister said.
He said the operations have been successful as common people came forward to assist the law enforcers, adding that police, SWAT members and other law enforcers played a brave role in the operations.
Additional deputy police commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Sanwar Hossain said the slain militants could not yet be identified but they are between 17 and 25 years of age.
Three students had rented the 1st floor of the house barely three months back, while Osman Gony, brother of house owner Soleman Sarkar, used to take care the building, he said.
Earlier, two alleged militants — Tawhidul Islam, 22, and Rashedul Islam, 22, –were killed in a reported gunfight during a raid on a ‘militant den’ by members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Harinal area of the city in the morning.
Assistant superintendent of police Mahiul Islam, deputy director of Rab’s Porabari camp, said a team of Rab cordoned off a one-storey building, owned by Ataur Rahman, in the area early in the morning following information that it was being used as a militant den.
When the law enforcers tried to enter the building, the militants opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.
Half an hour after the gunfight, the Rab force recovered the bodies of Tawhidul and Rashedul from the house.
They also recovered one AK-22 rifle, one pistol, 70 bullets and some bomb-making explosive substances and a laptop from the den, said Mahiul Islam
In Tangail, two alleged militants were killed in a joint operation by police and Rab members at a house in Kagmara area of the district town in the morning.
The deceased were identified as Atiqur Rahman Atique, son of Latifur Rahman, and Sagar Hossain, 20, son of Junaid Hossain, residents of Nimpara and Yusufpur villages respectively in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi district.
They had rented the ground floor of the three-storey building on September 27, introducing themselves as college students, and they were supposed to provide their student identity cards to the house owner today (Saturday).
Acting on a tip off that a gang of militants was there at a house in Kagmara area, a team of joint force conducted a drive there around 11pm, said Mahbub Alam, superintendent of Tangail police.
Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the militants opened fire on them. As the law enforcers retaliated, it triggered a gunfight, leaving the two ‘militants’ dead on the spot and two others injured.

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