Police raid militant hideout in Bangladesh

Bangladesh police laid siege to a five-storey building where suspected militants belonging to an Islamist group behind the country's worst terror attack were holed up.

Published: 24th March 2017 01:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2017 01:09 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

DHAKA: Explosions and gunshots rocked a city in northeastern Bangladesh today after police laid siege to a five-storey building where suspected militants belonging to an Islamist group behind the country's worst terror attack were holed up.     

A team of counter-terror officials from the capital Dhaka surrounded the building in Sylhet at 3 am.    "Sounds of intermittent explosions and gunshots rocked the area since morning as militants preferred not to give up," a journalist told PTI. "We have come to know that female militants are also there," Sylhet's police commissioner Golam Kibria said, adding that preparedness was underway to launch a full scale raid to "neutralise" the extremists.

Officials said 12 families were staying in the building. "We are proceeding with utmost caution so that the innocent residents are not hurt," a police officer told reporters.     

Police said militants are believed to be the operatives of neo-Jamaatun Mujahideen Bangladesh (neo-JMB). The neo-JMB, said to be inclined to the Islamic State, was behind the July 1 terror attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 22 people, including 17 foreigners, were killed.     

The police headquarters recently circulated a list of nearly 5,000 suspected militants to district police chiefs as part of a nationwide anti–militancy drive. Bangladesh witnessed a spate of attacks on secular activists, foreigners and religious minorities since 2013. The country launched a massive crackdown on militants specially after the Dhaka cafe attack. 

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