RAB raids terror ten in Ashulia

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 16 Jul 2017, 11:52:28

Suspected militants fire shots at RAB from hideout in Ashulia

A Rapid Action Battalion team has come under firing from a house suspected to be a militant hideout in Savar’s Ashulia.

The shots were fired after law enforcers surrounded the house in Noyarhat’s Chourabali neighbourhood on the outskirts of Dhaka around 1am on Sunday.

Security forces believe more than one militant holed up inside the building, said RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan.

Preparations for the final raid are underway after members of a RAB special force and a bomb disposal unit arrived on Sunday morning. The ‘militants’ inside the building have been ordered to surrender.

"We had been searching for militants in the area for a few days,” operation chief RAB-4 Commanding Officer Additional DIG Lutful Kabir said, reports bdnews24.com. 

“The house was cordoned off once we confirmed the location of the hideout.”

The ‘militants’ inside the house fired five rounds of shots when they became aware of the RAB presence, Kabir said. They began firing again around 6am and also threw a few explosives. RAB personnel returned fire.

“We have ordered the militants to surrender using our megaphones, but instead they hurled abuse at the law enforcers and let off a few shots.”

The owner of the building, Ibrahim, was detained and questioned. RAB officials say that a man named Azad, who identified himself as a garment worker, had rented the house two months ago.

“We are waiting to see their response,” said Khan. “We will try our utmost to get them to surrender.”

A team from the Ashulia police station is also on the scene.

The residents of the area were evacuated, Ashulia Police Station OC Abdul Awal said. 

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