3 burnt bodies of suspected Neo-JMB militants recovered at Mirpur

Dhaka, Monday, 25 September 2017

3 burnt bodies of suspected Neo-JMB militants recovered at Mirpur

Poriborton Correspondent 3:31 pm, September 06, 2017

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3 burnt bodies of suspected Neo-JMB militants recovered at Mirpur

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday recovered three burnt bodies from the 5th floor at Mirpur Mazar road area as the RAB was continuously carrying out their drive at the building for apprehending seven suspected members of the outlawed Neo-JMB for the last three days.

"We have recovered three burnt dead bodies from a room at the fifth floor ...but the identity of those militants could not be confirmed," said Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan, Director (legal and media wing) of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). 

The dog and bomb expert team are continuously searching the rest of the rooms of the six-story building at Mazar road under Darus Salam Police Station, said the RAB Commander, adding that "it will take time as fire earlier had damaged all the rooms of the building." 

Earlier, big and recurring explosions and gunshots rocked last night at the suspected militants hideout and RAB personnel were waiting there for expecting surrender of some of the members of the banned militant outfit.

The security personnel had been cordoned off the den for last three days. 

Meanwhile, several fire fighting units rushed to the spot and are trying to douse the blaze, Khan added. 

Earlier on the day, the RAB spokesperson said one of the militants, Abdullah communicated with them and agreed to surrender by 8 pm. Accordingly, RAB took preparation to recover the explosives stockpiled in the den. 

"But, the explosions and gunshots were heard there at around 9.45 pm", said Khan. 

RAB personnel surrounded a six-storey house at Mazar Road under Darus Salam Police Station following information extracted from two militants arrested from Tangail.

The militants exploded several bombs soon after the RAB personnel cordoned the house where seven persons including one of the top most militant Abdullah, his two wives, two children and two accomplices are believed to be staying.

Abdullah, who joined the militancy, has long been staying in the house in guise of IPS (instant power supply) maker. 

Huge quantity of explosives including 50 IED bombs and acid might have been stockpiled in the house, RAB official said adding that 65 residents including 15 children, 24 women, and 26 men of 23 flats out of 25 of the house have been taken out and its gas, electricity and sewerage lines have also been severed.

RAB also suspected that militant Abdullah might have a pistol. 

Our Tangail correspondent reports: RAB in a drive arrested two operatives of the banned outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Elenga municipality area of the district in the Tuesday morning. 

The JMB men were identified as Syeed Nurul Huda Masum, 34, and his brother 

Syeed Majharul Islam. They were madrasa students and involved in the politics of Chhatra Shibir, the students' wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. 

Selim Mohammad Jahangir, company commander of RAB-12, said acting on a tip-off, they cordoned a house located in Moshinda area of the municipality at about 11 pm Monday night. 

Later, they conducted a raid at the house Tuesday morning and arrested Nurul Huda and Majharul Islam. 

RAB men also seized a drone, explosives, Jihadi books and sharp weapons from the house. 

A case was filed with Kalihati police station in this connection.

/MR/

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