Dhaka: Nine suspected Islamist militants were killed and two of their accomplices were taken in custody on Tuesday morning during a special drive of the joint forces in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur area that began with a raid to hunt down militant den.
Police primarily suspect that they were members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). SWAT, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch of police and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) jointly carried out one-hour operation “Storm 26” from 5:51am, to end a stalemate that ensued at House No 5 of Road 5 – known as “Jahaj Bari” around 11:30pm Monday.
“We neutralised nine militants in the operation,” Sheikh Maruf Hassan, DMP additional commissioner, told media on completion of the operation. DMP Additional Commissioner Shaikh Maruf Hasan said that a block raid was under way in Kallyanpur area under the supervision of Mirpur deputy commissioner to arrest terrorists. The terrorists first attacked on the police during the raid on Road No 5.
Then the police cordoned off the area and informed the bomb disposal unit, RAB and SWAT. “We took time to secure the area so that no casualty takes place. We started our formal drive at 5:51am and named it ‘Operation Storm 26,’” he told reporters after the drive.
Maruf said that they had destroyed all the nine militants as they tried to flee the building and their bomb disposal unit was searching for explosives in a flat on the fourth floor.
The Crime Scene Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department would collect samples. “We will give details of the raid after completing the procedures,” he said.