Dhaka – At least six people including five Islamists militants were killed in a raid by security forces in the northern Bangladeshi district of Rajshahi on Thursday, police said.
The militants detonated suicide vests to kill themselves after they speared a fireman to death at Habajpur village of Godagari sub-district, officer in charge of local police station Hibjul Alam Munsi told reporters.
The lawmen cordoned off the hideout at around 3.30 am on information that more than six Islamist militants had been staying inside the one-storey tin-roofed home at an isolated place in the village, located more than 220 kilometers northwest of the capital Dhaka.
The officer said the suspects came out on the courtyard after the firefighters used water cannon to defuse explosives. All five, wearing suicide vests, threw spars on the lawmen prompting the security forces to fire bullets.
Two policemen and a firefighter were injured as the militants threw the spears. The fireman died in a hospital later, said the officer.
The suspects detonated the suicide vests as the police fired their guns leaving all the five dead on the scene.
A woman and two children were rescued from the home.
Local government official Ali Azam said the home was being used as a den of the banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB).
JMB has been blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in recent years, including last year’s cafe attack in Dhaka that killed 20 civilians, mostly foreigners.
The group was banned after synchronized bomb attacks hit 63 locations in Bangladesh in August 2005.
Bangladesh launched a series of anti-militant raids in response to the café attack killing more than 70 of suspected militants in the last 10 months.