Nine killed in police raid in Kalyanpur

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Kalyanpur

Police cordon off the entire Kalyanpur area after a ‘gunfight’ between SWAT and suspected militants that left nine killed. — Sanaul Haque

At least nine alleged extremists were killed in a ‘gunfight’ between police and extremists in the capital’s Kalyanpur on early Tuesday, police said.
A huge contingent of security forces had cordoned off the multi-storey residential building following gunfight between police and extremists.
Police said they had arrested Md Hasan, 25, a member of the Islamist extremist group, bullet wounded and admitted him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Hasan, son of Rejaul Karim of Jamilnagar in Bogra, during primary interrogation disclosed the names of other extremists residing the flat. They were Robin, Ovi, Sabbir, Atiq, Sohan, Imran, Tapos, Iqbal and another unidentified man. All of them died in police action.

Criminal Investigation Department and other agency members are inspecting inside the militants' den.-- Sourav Loskar

Criminal Investigation Department and other agency members are inspecting inside the militants’ den.– Sourav Loskar

Stating the flat as a ‘mini cantonment’, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia in a press briefing said a team of bomb disposal unit was still working there.
The members of Special Weapons and Tactics and Bomb Disposal Unit, two special teams of Detective Branch started their operation named, ‘Operation Storm-26’, that begun at 5:51am and continued for an hour.
‘We have overpowered and destroyed them,’ additional police commissioner of Dhaka, Sheikh Maruf Hasan, told New Age. Crime Division, Detective Branch, Bomb disposal unit and RAB jointly worked in the operation, said Maruf Hasan.
Asaduzzaman Mia said police could recover 12 locally made grenades, five kilograms of explosive gel, 19 detonators, four 7.62 bore rifles, four pistols, 19 rounds bullet, sword, commando knives and guerrilla knives.
Police believed it was a den of an Islamist group and they had rented flat on fourth floor of the building Taj Manjil, locally known as Jahaj Building, on June 20.

Rear view of the building Taj Manjil on Road 5, Kalyanpur where the militants were residing.--Sourav Loskar

Rear view of the building Taj Manjil on Road 5, Kalyanpur where the militants were residing. –Sourav Loskar

The inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque said the attackers were members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahedeen Bangladesh though the arrested Hasan claimed them members of Islamic State. ‘They were wearing black panjabi, black trouser and black headscarf,’ he said.
Panic gripped the entire Kalyanpur area since the raid began.
Bazlur Rahman, who resides on Road 5 of Kalyanpur, said the militants were chanting slogans since midnight past Monday. ‘They were chanting Allahu Akbar, This country will be Islamic State one day. They were also telling police that they came for going to heaven and the police would go to hell,’ he said.
‘We passed a sleepless night amid sounds of sporadic gunshots and slogans. They were chanting slogans even after azan of fajr prayers was called. When the operation began at dawn it was totally a war zone,’ he said.
Police in the afternoon sent the bodies of the nine militants to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Meanwhile, reports from Bogra said police had picked up the mother of detained militant Hasan, Rokeya Akter, for interrogation. She said Hasan’s full name is Rakibul Hasan Regan. He went missing in July, 2015 and Rokeya had filed a general diary with Bogra police. After passing higher secondary from Shah Sultan College, Regan took admission to a medical admission coaching centre Retina. He left home for going to the coaching centre and did not return.
(Updated)

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