Suspected militant killed in Panthapath raid

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 09:40:13 | Updated : 15 Aug 2017, 11:24:48
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Suspected militant killed in police raid on hotel in Dhaka’s Panthapath

 A suspected militant has been killed during a raid by a police counterterrorism unit and SWAT on a hotel in Dhaka’s Panthapath.

The law enforcement agencies cordoned off Hotel Olio International near Panthapath’s Square Hospital early Tuesday, said Kalabagan Police Station Sub Inspector Sarwar Hossain.

Gunfire could be heard coming from the building after a loud explosion around 9:45am. A portion of the hotel’s fourth storey collapsed and fell onto the road after the explosion, reports bdnews24.com.

Photographs from the scene show a body lying prone after the explosion.

A man, aged about 30, rented the room caught in the explosion on Monday night, Police Counterterrorism Unit chief Monirul Islam said.

“According to the hotel registrar, the individual used the name Saiful Islam and claimed to have come from Khulna’s Dumuria. He completed his bachelors’ degree at BL College. We suspect he was the one killed.”

'Saiful' had been under surveillance for some time, Assistant Inspector General of police Md Moniruzzaman said when contacted by bdnews24.com.

“He is a member of neo-JMB and was previously a member of Jamaat Shibir. His father, Abul Khaer Mollah, is a Jamaat leader in Khulna.”
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