Two suspected militants were killed in a blast at a presumed Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) hideout in Mirsarai upazila of Chattogram district on Friday during a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) drive there after being cordoned off the den on intelligence information.
“Two militants were killed in a huge blast at JMB hideout cordoned off by RAB members at Shonapahar in Zorargonj area under Mirsarai upazila of the district this (yesterday) morning,” said Shafayat Jamil Fahim, commanding officer of Rab-7 camp in Feni. He said RAB primarily called off the operation after recovering scattered body parts of two suspects following the blast.
The identities of the two suspected militants could not be known immediately, he added. An AK 22 rifle, three pistols, raw materials for making grenades, five live crud bombs and huge amount of explosives were recovered from the spot, he said.
The RAB official also said a team of elite anti-crime force laid siege to the presumed militant den on secret information about the presence of JMB members around 3 am on Thursday night and later conducted drive there.
At one stage, the militants opened fire and threw bombs at the elite forces, prompting them to retaliate, he said.
“Later, a huge explosion was heard at around 4 am,” Fahim said, adding that the militants might have detonated a bomb inside the hideout.
RAB bomb disposal unit diffused all the five crude bombs recovered from the spot, other RAB officials later said.
Suspecting the deceased as operatives of banned outfit JMB, they said the militants might have a plan to carry out a terrorist attack on the court premises in Chattogram or on trains as they set up the den at the nearby areas of rail lines.
Mufti Muhammed Khan, the officer of media wing of RAB-7 said, “RAB arrested the house owner Majharul Islam, care taker Haque Sab and security guard for interrogation.”
He said, “One of the militants named Shohel rented the house on September 28 last, and several youths had been staying at the house since last week.”
Bangladesh Post has published a number of news on the possibilities of militant attacks in various districts prior to holding of general elections. Our intelligence agencies are closely monitoring the movement of the militants, mostly belonging to JMB, and have successfully arrested a number of them in the last two weeks. The Chottogram incident proved that our reports were based on authentic sources.