11 bombs found at Rajshahi hideout

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 12 May 2017, 12:52:19

Explosives, pistol found inside militant hideout in Rajshahi’s Godagari

A bomb disposal team found 11 explosives and one pistol inside the militant hideout in Rajshahi’s Godagari, two hours after law enforcers resumed Operation Sundevil on Friday morning.

"Our bomb disposal unit is trying to defuse the bombs,” Police Inspector Hifzul Alam Munshi said, reports bdnews24.com

The police also seized two bullets and a magazine, but nobody was found dead inside. 

Five militants -- mostly from the same family -- died in suicide blasts on Thursday as law enforcers were preparing to raid the hideout in a village in Godagari Upazila. A fireman who participated in the raid was killed in a militant attack.  

The police fired warning shots as they proceeded to the terror hideout in Benipur Village around 9am on Friday.  

They asked villagers by loudspeaker to stay away from the area. The local administration also issued an order restraining the movement of people in the neighbourhood. 

Police cordoned off the hideout early Thursday, acting on initial intelligence about the militants hiding there, said Godagari OC Munshi.

When police asked the militants by loudspeaker to come out of their hideout and surrender, gunfire rang out across the field.

A minor boy came out with a child in his arms after police used water cannons on the house.

Minutes later, some militants including two women stormed out of the house and swooped on the police and firemen with sharp weapons, leaving seven policemen and one fireman injured. Fireman Abdul Matin died in hospital.

Although police claim that the militants died in suicide blasts, the video obtained by the media shows police opening fire. 

After dark on Thursday, Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police for Rajshahi Masudur Rahman announced the suspension of the operation for the night.

The dead have been identified as Sazzad Hossain, owner of the house used as a militant hideout, his wife Beli, son Al Amin and daughter Karima and Ashraful from Chapainawabganj.

"All the militants died in suicide blasts and were JMB operatives," Rahman said. 

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