Three suspected militants die in RAB raid in Dhaka

Three suspected militants die in RAB raid in Dhaka

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Dhaka, 12 Jan – Three suspected militants died and two RAB officials injured in a raid on a six-storey building in Dhaka’s Nakhalpara, on Friday night, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said.Militant groups were staying on the fourth floor of a six-storey building at West Nakhalpara, near Prime Minister’s Office. A RAB team raided the building around 2 am, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, Director, Legal and media wing of RAB. He added that three dead bodies were found inside the room after the raid.
Later the deceased were identified as Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) members, said RAB. A caretaker named Rubel detained for interrogation. He maintained the building security.
Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters that the main operation was finished on Friday noon; all other residents of the house were safe. “Three of the dead were between 25 and 30 years old. Their names and identity are still not confirmed. Based on intelligence, we found that they are JMB members. They wanted to blow up the building during the raid.
Earlier, RAB officials said that no-one will be allowed in the building until the bodies are removed after the crime scene investigators and forensic experts finish their jobs.
A bomb disposal unit of the RAB worked on the scene, RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters.
Mufti Mahmud also said that we had information that militants were on the fourth floor of the building. We ensured safety of other residents of the house. A total of 65 residences lived in that building.
In a media briefing at 10am, RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said a fire arm and two improvised explosive device (IEDs) were found inside the apartment used by the suspects militant. The raid prompted gunfire and grenade explosions, according to the RAB.
Benazir Ahmed told the reporter that the suspected militants’ ages ranged between 25 to 30 years; the militant suspects were found dead inside a room of one of the two flats on the floor. One of them was wearing a suicide vest. During the operation, they tried to make a big explosion, leaving grenades on the gas stove it seems they were aiming for a large-scale explosion.
Seven people lived in the three-room flat. “The three bodies were found in one of the rooms. The four others from the rest of the rooms have been evacuated,” he added.
He said “two national IDs, with the same picture but different names were found in the room with dead bodies. One ID card showed Jahid, the other one Sajib. Both ID card picture are same but name is different. We will look into whether they are fake ID card.”
After initial interrogation Caretaker Rubel said that a young man named Jahid, wanted to rent a room on the fifth floor on December 28. Jahid told him that he was working in a private company. He will stay with his two brothers. Then on January 4, Jahid, started to live into the house. The remaining two came on 8 January.
According to RAB officials, on Friday night around 2 am they raid the building. The flat owner name is Sabbir Rahman. 65 residents have been taken to the landlord’s flat. They are being questioned by RAB for further information about militant.
In 2017, 15 major anti-militancy operations in nine districts, at least 35 suspected militants were killed.
On September 5, a suspected militant, Abdullah, and two of his associates detonated explosives at the Komol Prova Building on Mirpur’s Bordhon Bari Road even after negotiating their surrender with the RAB.
On November 28, 2017, The RAB has found three bodies following a shootout and explosions during the raid on a suspected JMB militant hideout on a small river island in Chapainawabganj.
Earlier, on August 15, 2017, police had conducted an anti-militant drive, “August Bite”, at a hotel and prevented a possible attack on those marching towards Dhanmondi Road No 32 to observe Mourning Day.
On March 25, 2017 four were killed in “Operation Twilight” in Sylhet and seven, including four children, died during “Operation Hit Back” in Moulvibazar on March 29, 2017.
The Holey Artisan Bakery militant attack on the night of July 1 last year was the worst terrorist action in the country;s history. It left at least 29 people dead. Five militants took diners hostage and opened fire inside the bakery in Gulshan. The assailants entered the bakery with crude bombs, machetes and pistols; they took dozens hostage, including foreigners and locals.
In 2018 this was the first militant drive operated by law enforcement agency. – Staff Reporter

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