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Raid on militant den in BD capital; 2 women held

WT24 Desk

Two women along with two children surrendered to police during a raid on a militant den at Ashkona of Uttara area in the capital early Saturday, UNB reports. The two women and their children surrendered to the police around 09.30am.

One of the women was identified as Jebunnahar Shila, wife of ex-army Major Zahid, who was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with law enforcers at Roopnagar in the capital on September 2 last, said assistant deputy commissioner Sanwar Sunny of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

The other detained woman was identified as Trishna, wife of absconding JMB leader Musa, he added.

Tipped off that a group of ‘Neo-Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)’ were staying at an apartment in a three-storey building of the area, a team of the CTTC unit cordoned off the building early in the morning, said CTTC unit chief Monirul Islam while briefing reporters on the spot.

He said the JMB members staying on the ground floor of the building have powerful grenades. The police asked the remaining JMB members in the den to surrender but they are yet to respond to the call.

Md Ali Rubel, a senior officer of International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) bank and a resident of the house, told UNB that Md Jamal Hossain, owner of the house, is an expatriate living in the Middle East. Jamal’s wife and daughter used to live on the second floor of the building.

A team of law enforcers came to the house around 12.30am and inquired about the inmates of the apartments in the building. Later, the team entered the building and encircled the area around 1.30am, Rubel added.

DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Miah also visited the spot. Other residents of the building have already been shifted from the building, he added.

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