Grenade attack on Bangladesh police in raid on islamist hideouts

Vastavam Web: Bangladeshi police today came under a grenade attack while they were conducting a raid at hideouts of top JMB terrorists, days after the chief of the terror group blamed for the country’s worst attack at a Dhaka cafe was killed with three other Islamist militants.Militants hurled grenades from a hideout in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila as the law enforcers cordoned off two houses.The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said the two houses have been cordoned off.

One of the houses is located at Barhahaat neighbourhood of the district town, said Srimangal-based RAB camp’s chief ASP Mainuddin.”RAB personnel have reached the spot. A counter-terrorism unit team from Dhaka is also there,” he was quoted as saying by bdnews24.”The intelligence input on the house in Barhahaat was confirmed last night. Inputs for the house at Sarkarbazar (at Fatehpur village) were received early in morning,” he said.

Islam said that bullets were fired and grenades were hurled at police from the house in Fatehpur Village. “The police also opened fire.” He said they were trying to establish contact with the suspected militants inside. “They are yet to say anything. But we will keep on trying in line with our operational strategy.” Police said the houses are owned by expatriates Saifur Sabbir and Atabbar Mia, who live in London.

The raid was launched hours after ‘Operation Twilight’ was wrapped up in Sylhet.The four militants, including top neo-JMB leader Musa, were holed up in a building that saw powerful blasts claimed by the Islamic State that killed six people in northeastern Sylhet city in ‘Operation Twilight’.Neo-JMB is blamed for the country’s worst terror attack at a Dhaka cafe in which 23 people, including an Indian girl, were killed.