Forces kill 11 suspected militants in B’desh
At least 11 suspected Islamist militants, including the new leader of a banned terror outfit, were killed in three separate raids carried out by security forces on their hideouts here on Saturday.
Seven militants were killed in Gazipur city’s Afarkhola area in a raid at a two-storey house by a counter-terrorism unit of police.
“Seven militants were killed in our encounter with them at Afarkhola area of (suburban) Gazipur,” additional police chief of the district Russel Sheikh said. Dhaka regional commander of reconstituted Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or Neo-JMB, Akash, was also among the dead militants, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters.
Akash led the Neo JMB’s Dhaka city unit after the death of Tamim Chowdhury, who was killed during a raid earlier in Narayanganj.
The identities of other militants, however, could not be ascertained immediately.
The law enforcers asked the militants to surrender but they traded gunfire, ignoring the call, said Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), ‘The Daily Star’ reported. “Four members of the neo-JMB were killed in two separate encounters in (suburban) Gazipur and Tangail,” RAB spokesman Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan had told reporters.
An AK-47 rifle, dozens of bullets, bomb-making explosive substances, four laptops, three machetes and a laminating machine were also recovered from a hide-out, an official said.