House owner of Mirpur militant den, security guard arrested

Dhaka, Sunday, 19 November 2017

House owner of Mirpur militant den, security guard arrested

Poriborton Correspondent 5:50 pm, September 07, 2017

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House owner of Mirpur militant den, security guard arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two persons, including the owner of the Mirpur house that was used as militant hideout, for their suspected involvement in militancy. "We arrested two persons, including Habibullah Bahar Azad, owner of the militant hideout, and Sirajul Islam, a security guard of the locality," RAB legal and media wing director Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters on Thursday afternoon.

Six powerful bombs and some handmade IEDs (improvised explosive device) packed in cartons were found from the militant hideout during a fresh search that started at 8.30 this morning. 

The RAB official said the bomb disposal unit is still searching the house and it may continue for a few more hours.

He also said the family members have denied taking the charred bodies of militant Abdullah, his two wives, and two children while the identities of two accomplices of Abdullah could not be known as yet. 

The remains of the seven persons recovered from the militant hideout were sent to the morgue of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for forensic examination. Their bodies will be handed over to Anjuman Mofidul Islam to bury as unclaimed bodies, police and RAB sources said.

RAB-4 filed an unnatural death (UD) case in this connection, officer-in-charge Md Selimuzzaman of Darus Salam Police Station told BSS. 

RAB yesterday recovered seven burned bodies from Mirpur hideout of the militant outfit Neo-JMB. 

RAB Director General Brenazir Ahmed told reporters on the spot yesterday that they have found seven bodies in two rooms at a flat on the fourth floor of the six-storey building at Mazar Road in Mirpur after a two-day operation.

The charred carcasses included the bodies of top Neo-JMB leader Abdullah, his two wives, two children and two accomplices, he added.

The RAB chief, however, said they could not identify the bodies individually as those were burned badly due to the fire caused from the explosions.

He confirmed that the militants were killed in explosions carried out by themselves on Tuesday night. 

The Mirpur militant hideout was rocked with big explosions and gunshots on Tuesday night when RAB personnel were waiting there for expected surrender of some of the members of the banned militant outfit.

Four security personnel suffered minor splinter injuries, a RAB official said adding that they were out of danger. 

The security personnel had been cordoning off the den since 1 am on Monday following information extracted from two militants arrested from Tangail. 

Earlier on the day, the RAB spokesperson said one of the militants Abdullah communicated with them and agreed to surrender by 8 pm on Tuesday. But the explosions and gunshots were heard there at around 9.45 pm. 

Abdullah, who joined the JMB in 2005, has long been staying in the house in guise of an IPS (instant power supply) maker and dealer. 

RAB said 65 residents including 15 children, 24 women, and 26 men of 23 flats out of 25 of the house were taken out and its gas, electricity and sewerage lines were severed.

/MR/

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