Dhaka: Scoring a major success, Bangladesh police gunned down the head of military wing of terrorist outfit Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in a major encounter on Wednesday night.
Five militants from banned local Islamist outfit Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were also arrested during the raids carried out by police in Dhaka late Wednesday.
Police accused the slain militant, a JMB commander who went by multiple aliases including “Albany”, of hurling grenades into the capital’s main Shiite shrine which was packed with worshippers last month, killing two and injuring dozens.
The raids came as tension boils in Bangladesh over the killing of foreign nationals and a rapid rise of Islamist violence.
“Albany was injured in an encounter with police on Wednesday night. Later he was brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where a duty doctor declared him dead,” Dhaka police spokesman Monirul Islam said at a briefing.
“Albany threw five grenades at the crowd at Hossaini Dalan (Shiite shrine),” Islam added, without using a formal name for the militant.
“He was also the main suspect in the murder of a police officer at Ashulia (outside Dhaka) and he slaughtered Khizir Khan, a Sufi leader, early this month.”
The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the October 24 shrine blasts and a series of other attacks including the killing of two foreigners weeks earlier.
But the government has said IS has no presence in Bangladesh and instead accused homegrown militant groups, including JMB, and the Islamist-allied political opposition of trying to destabilize the country.