2 JMB men killed in ‘gunfight’ in city

2 JMB men killed in ‘gunfight’ in city

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Dhaka  – Two leaders of banned Islamist militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were killed in a gunfight during a joint drive by detectives and the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit near the Kalshi bridge area in Pallabi in the capital early Tuesday.The deceased were identified as Barek Hossain alias Milu alias Osman,JMB leader of Joypurhat, and Sultan Mahmud Rana alias Kamal, JMB leader of Bogra,UNB News Agency Reported.
Monirul Islam, additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and head of CTTC, said in a press briefing at DB media centre that upon receiving secret information that a team of JMB leaders were coming to Dhaka from the north of the country, the joint team of DB and CTTC conducted a drive early in the morning.Sensing the presence of law enforcers, they blasted a hand bomb at police, prompting them to retaliate and triggering the gunfight.The JMB operatives received bullet injuries and died on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, according to Monirul Islam. Two DB members also received injuries during the operation.Barek is alleged to be linked to the murder of Professor Rezaul Karim of Rajshahi University, while Sultan is said to have links with the attack on a Bogra Shia Mosque.Prof Rezaul Karim, 58, of the RU English Department, was killed by miscreants in the Shalbagan area of Rajshahi city on April 23.The attack on the Shiite mosque left its muezzin dead and three devotees injured at Haripur village in Shibganj upazila in Bogra on November 26.

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