Bangladesh police raid hideouts of suspected militants

Bangladeshi police attack assemblies of suspected militants near capital Dhaka in intensified raid following several cases of violence

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Bangladeshi police officials secure the area following a raid on a building housing militant suspects in Dhaka on December 24, 2015

Two suspected militants were killed in an explosion outside the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka following a third raid on the militants assemblies by security forces within the last four days.

Spokesman for the elite police unit dubbed the Rapid Action Battalion launched the raid at a house in Gazipur, 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Dhaka, on the suspected members of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Later an explosion rocked the building and two bodies were later found at the scene. The police had recovered different types of weapons and military equipment in the position of the raid.

"We opened fire at them after a law enforcer was injured as the JMB militants hurled an IED [improvised explosive device] at our officers when we surrounded the house," said RAB spokesman Major Rumman Mahmud.

"After we shot several rounds of bullets we heard an explosion inside the den. Later we found two bodies lying on the floor," he told Agence France Presse.

This was the third raid on a suspected militant shelter in an intensified operation to arrest suspected militants following attacks on foreigners and at a mosque at a naval base.

Just hours before the raid, the police arrested several suspected militants who are allegedly members of JMB in the port city of Chittagong.

"The worst part of our concern is they have local military fatigues, which makes it harder for the police to monitor their movement," Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mandal told AFP.

On Thursday, police raided a building in Mirpur town, a suburb of the capital Dhaka, and arrested seven suspected JMB militants. The police said the operation lasted for 15 hours and they recovered suicide bombers' vests and other weapons.

Fears were raised in Bangladesh that the militant group could be active again in the country.

DAESH has claimed responsibility for a series of murders in recent months targeting foreigners, secular bloggers and members belonging to different Islamic sects, but the government has denied that DAESH has any presence in the country.

JMB has instead been blamed by police for the recent violence.

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