Jihadi books, explosives seized
Drive at Sirajganj militant den ends, 4 surrender
Published : Friday, 20 November, 2020 at 3:50 PM Count : 215
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) ended its five-hour drive in Shahjadpur upazila of Sirajganj on Friday after the surrender of four suspected militants including two top leaders of banned group Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh’s (JMB) .
During the drive, huge jihadi books, two foreign pistols and bomb making equipment were also recovered from the house which was cordoned off from 5:30am to 10:30am.
In a briefing held after the completion of the drive, RAB officials said they had cordoned off a house at Ukilpara in the municipality on Friday morning following information gleaned from militants arrested the previous day.
RAB Legal and Media wing chief Lt Col Ashik Billah said Rajshahi region JMB chief Mahmud and Pabna-Sirajganj regional chief Kiran were among the arrested militants.
UNB adds: There was a loud explosion in the house in the morning. Until 11am, four suspected militants had surrendered to RAB.
A senior RAB official told the media that the house was used as a training centre.
“We suspect several more militants might be hiding in the house,” Billah said.
On Thursday night, four militants, including JMB Rajshahi’s Shah Makhdum unit chief Mahbub, were arrested, said Acting Company Commander of Sirajganj Rab-12 Md Mohiuddin Miraj.
The raid in Sirajganj was conducted based on information provided by Mahbub.
Neighbours said some youths had rented the ground floor of an under-construction building bought by one Khairul Alam.
The house was frequented by many unknown people and some residents of the house were running a shop in the neighbourhood.
Some used to sell fried snacks at Alif-Lam-Mim Bhatarmor area, locals said.
RAB said more information would be provided later.
The government launched a massive crackdown on militants after the July 1, 2016 Holey Artisan attack. Successful raids and deaths of top militant leaders had brought down militant activities in the country.