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Police cordon off ‘militant dens’ in Narsingdi

Gunshots heard at Bhogiratpu ‘militant den’

Police cordon off ‘militant dens’ in Narsingdi

Photo: Counter Terrorism and Transnational (CTTC) unit chief Monirul Islam talks to journalists in Narsingdi town on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Narsingdi, Oct 16 : Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police cordoned off two houses suspecting those as militant dens in Bhogiratpur and Madhabdi areas in Sadar upazila on Monday night.

Abul Kalam, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Madhabdi Police Station, said over 100 police surrounded the seven-storey building of Afzal Haji in Gangpar area under Madhabdi municipality and another five-storey building of cloth trader Billah Hossain in Bhogiratpur area around 9 pm Monday.

Two teams of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and DMP Detective Branch joined the CTTC team at night.

Later, a team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) also joined them on Tuesday morning.

“We will begin the operation soon,” said CTTC senior assistant superintendent Thunder Khairul Hasan.

Meanwhile, CTTC Chief Monirul Islam reached the spot in Bhogiratpur area at 9 am Tuesday and briefed reporters that they were suspecting that some 3/4 militants have been staying along with explosives inside the house.

After the arrival of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Dhaka Range Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, PPM, at the spot around 10:10 am, Monirul Islam urged the militants to surrender over loudspeaker.

But, no headway was reported.

Later, a SWAT team entered the den around 11:30 and started their drive.

Several gunshots were heard from the den during the operation.

Earlier at night, the district administration imposed section 144 in and around 500-yard areas of both the buildings, said Shah Alam Mia, executive magistrate of Sadar upazila.

Meanwhile, police detained Md Nazmul for allegedly bringing a militant suspect as a tenant of the house in Bhogiratpur.