Dhaka – The Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Sunday said that the law enforcements were carrying out operations to capture fugitive Islamists militants including key suspected terrorist Maynul Musa.
The lawmen failed to capture Musa Saturday as they raided a den in Dhaka’s Ashkona neighbourhood where a woman and a teen blew themselves up. Two other women surrendered.
The DMP chief said that Musa, a top leader of New-JMB, a faction of the banned militant group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was escaped from the hide-out at city’s Ashkona neighbourhood somehow on Saturday but the lawmen now put alert to nab him anytime soon.
The city police boss came up with the remark while talking to reporters after visiting Kakrail Church on occasion of Christmas Day in the morning.
“Musa is a listed militant and will be arrested within short time’’, he added.
Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational unit, elite force Rapid Action Battalion, Special Weapons and Tactics, and police launched the operation inside the den following information that Musa was holing up at the home for months.
Banned in 2005, the militant group was blamed for the July 1 attack on a Dhaka restaurant, in which 20 civilians – mostly foreign nationals – were killed.
Two security personnel and six militants were also killed in the July incident when army commandos stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic area to rescue hostages.
Since that attack, police have killed at least 40 suspected militants, including a Bangladeshi-born Canadian man, in counter-terrorism sweeps.