Dhaka: The 19-hour stand-off between police and militants holed up in an apartment at a two-storey building at Chittagong’s Sitakunda Upazila town has ended with a suicide blast and gun firings leaving four suspected terrorists, including a woman killed.
A joint team of law enforcers began an anti-militant drive, Operation Assault 16, at Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong in the small hours of Thursday. The joint team of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Counter Terrorism unit (CTTC), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police began the drive at a two-storey house at Premtala at Chowdhury Para of the upazila at 6:20 am.
The identities of those killed were still awaited. After a night of gun firings by police following grenades lobbed from inside the building, law-enforcers tried to enter the building through the roof early morning on Thursday when two terrorists blew themselves up, said officials.
“So far, we have found four bodies. Two of them were wearing suicide vests, who died in the blast and two others died of gunshots by police. There’s no one else inside,” police’s Chittagong Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shafiqul Islam told the media near the scene around 10am.
He said the raid has ended, but the bomb disposal units were working inside the building.
Police have rescued 20 persons of three families who were stuck in other flats of the building along with the terrorists during the stand-off since Wednesday afternoon.
DIG Islam said that three policemen have been injured after grenades were lobbed from inside while a firefighter has been injured while cutting an iron grill of the building to create an access for the police.