Dhaka – Law enforcement agencies have cordoned off a six-storey building in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood in suspicion that Islamist militants might have holed up there, police said.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion and police cordoned off the building located at Dar-us-Salam road in Mirpur at 1.30 am Tuesday on information that the militants had been using the home as a hideout.
A leading figure of a faction of banned Islamist outfit Abu Abdullah and his cohorts are believed hiding in the building, Benazir Ahmed, head of the crime-busting force, told reporters.
The militant group has been blamed for a coordinated bomb attacks in 63 places across Bangladesh in 2005 and the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on July 1, 2016. The café attack killed 20 civilians, including 17 foreign nationals.
Earlier, the battalion members arrested two suspected JMB members from Elenga of Kalihati sub-district in central Tangail district.
Witnesses said they heard sounds of bomb blasts in the morning from the cordoned home in Mirpur.
Benazir Ahmed said Abu Abdullah has been operating the militant group under some business. Two of his associates, two wives and two children are staying on the fifth floor of the building.
Abu, who has been involved in militancy for five years now, and his associates have amassed huge explosives, acids, petrols and 50 IEDs in the suspected den.
The battalion chief people living in the other floors of the building were evacuated and the militants were asked to surrender.