Two militants found dead after Shootout in Bangladesh capital

January 15, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

By

Sheuli Akter

Two suspected militants of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) early on Thursday died after sustaining bullet wounds in a shootout with the law enforcers during a raid in the capital Dhaka.

A senior official of the Detective Branch (DB) of the Bangladesh Police told Tuck Magazine on Thursday that “bodies of Abdullah alias Noman, 35, national operations commander of JMB, and Kamal alias Hiran, 30, Dhaka regional commander of the outfit, were found shot at the scene of the firing early Thursday.” “Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital declared them dead,” he said.

The DB official who preferred to be unnamed said police have long been looking for Hiran as he is accused in a case filed over the killing of a police constable in an attack on a checkpoint at Ashulia on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in November last year. According to the official, Hiran along with another militant, fled a raid on a JMB hideout in Dhaka last month.

“Wednesday night we arrested three militants. Based on the militants’ information we conducted the drive at a downtown Dhaka area on Wednesday at about 11:30 p.m. local time,” said the official.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, he said the militants threw bombs at the law enforcers and opened fire on policemen, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate. In the incident two more militants and three cops were also wounded.

JMB has been campaigning for the establishment of Islamic rule in Bangladesh. The banned group carried out a series of bomb attacks in the country’s 63 districts including the capital Dhaka on August 17, 2005, leaving two people dead and 150 others injured. Six top leaders of the group, including Shaikh Abdur Rahman, were hanged in 2007. Hundreds of JMB leaders and activists were rounded up over the last years they were trying to reorganize.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheuli Akter

Sheuli Akter, from Bangladesh, is a Special Correspondent and Editor of NsNewsWire, (Bangladesh’s First Press Newswire).  Previously she had worked for Bangladesh’ top news agency, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) and top newspaper (now defunct) The Bangladesh Observer. She also gained an honourable mention in the first ever World Media Summit WMS Awards for ‘Exemplary News Professionals in Developing Countries’, receiving the award in Beijing in January 2015.

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