Dhaka – Bangladeshi security forces have launched raids in two militant hideouts where suspected jihadists have been holed up for days in northeastern Moulvibazar and eastern Comilla district, police said on Friday.
The anti-militant assaults came a day after police said at least seven suspected militants killed in suicide blasts at Nasurpur outside the Moulvibazar town.
The sound of gunshots was heard as soon as the members of the counterterrorism unit of police launched Operation Maximus at the suspected hideout in Borohat of Moulvibazar in the morning.
“This operation might be a difficult as we have information that the militants amassed huge quantity of explosives inside the den,” said Monirul Islam, head of the counterterrorism unit of police.
The den is comprised of a number of rooms and population density around the den is high, he said adding that the militants have exploded a high quality explosive inside the hideout.
It is suspected that an explosive expert is among the militants, Monirul said.
District police chief Mohammad Shahjalal four to five militants are staying inside the den.
Police on Thursday said at least seven suspected Islamist militants have been killed after they exploded suicide vests in a hideout in Nasirpur, 22 two kilometers away from the district headquarters.
They might have blown themselves up sensing that they have lost the scope to escape as the security forces cordoned off the hideout Tuesday night.
The militants are believed to be the member of a faction of the banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh. The identity of the jihadists could not be known yet.
The sound of gunshots was also heard at the hideout in Comilla district as the lawmen began Operation Hit Back in Kotbari.
The local administration has imposed restriction on movement of people around the den, said Shafiqul Islam, deputy inspector general of Chittagong range police.
Police surrounded the three-storey building since Wednesday afternoon on information that suspected militants took shelter in the three-storey building.