Dhaka – Police on Thursday said at least seven suspected Islamist militants have been killed after the exploded suicide vests in a hideout in the north-eastern Bangladeshi district of Moulvibazar.
They militants might have blown themselves up Wednesday afternoon sensing that they have lost the scope to escape as the security forces cordoned off the hideout Tuesday night.
“We saw parts of seven to eight bodies scattered inside the den,” Monirul Islam, head of Bangladesh’s counterterrorism unit of police, said.
He also announced that the raid on the suspected hideout at Nasirpur of Moulvibazar district, 155 kilometers northeast of the capital Dhaka, was concluded.
The suspects had been holed up for a couple of days in an one-storey building and the security forces, acting on information, cordoned it off only hours after the army commandos ended a four-day operation in Sylhet city to kill four other suspected Islamists on Tuesday.
Monirul Islam said the militants are believed to be the member of a faction of rhe banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh. The identity of the jihadists could not be known.
But, local people said that they rented the home, owned by a Bangladeshi expatriated in England, sometime in January.
The JMB, banned after synchronized bomb attacks in 63 places at a time in August 2005, is blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in the past years including the last year’s café attack in Dhaka that killed 20 civilians, mostly foreigners.
The counterterrorism unit chief said that the members of the crime scene investigation team had reached the spot.
The members of the security forces have cordoned off yet another home in Moulvibazar town where they believe more than five suspected Islamist are hiding.
They are now getting prepared for an operation at the Borohat hideout.
Police in eastern Comilla district encircled another home on information that an Islamist amassed explosives at the den. The operation will be conducted on Friday as Election Commission asked the policemen not to launch the raid until an election to the Comilla City Corporation was over. The voting ended on Thursday afternoon.