Dhaka – At least four suspected jihadists have been killed after they detonated suicide vests during a raid by security forces in a northern Bangladeshi district, police said on Thursday.
Four bodies, including one of Rafikul Alam Abu,30, were recovered from inside the militant den, officer Khurshid Hossain told reporters after conducting the raid in the hideout in Shibganj of Chapainawabganj district.
Abu is a leader of a faction of a Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), according to officers at counter-terrorism unit of police in Dhaka.
The members of the bomb disposal unit will take a quick sweep into the hideout.
The militants had been holed up for days in the hideout, located 250 kilometers northwest of the capital Dhaka.
One of the militants was identified as Rafikul Alam Abu,30, a leader of the faction of a Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the officer said.
The suspects might have blown themselves off inside the hideout having failed to escape the raid, codenamed Operation Eagle Haunt, shrugging off the lawmen’s repeated calls to surrender, Hossain said.
He added that the lawmen rescued the JMB leader’s wife and a child alive from inside the den.
The JMB group 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 dozens of suspected militants in the last nine months.