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Monday November 20, 2017 03:18 AM

As-it-happened: 4 militants surrender as Savar raid ends

As-it-happened: 4 militants surrender as Savar raid ends
RAB escorts one of the militants who surrendered from the hideout in Chowrabari village under Pathalia union of Savar on July 16, 2017Dhaka Tribune

Law enforcers are yet to confirm the exact number of people inside the hideout

3:30pm- RAB announced the operation has come to an end after the Bomb Disposal Unit defuses three bombs inside the house.

2:53pm- While briefing the media, RAB Media Wing Director Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan says: “The four militants belong to New JMB’s Sarwar-Tamim group.

“The drive will end once the bomb disposal unit is done with their work.”

The militants are Mozzamel Hoque, Rashed Nabi, Irfanul Islam and Alamgir Hossain.


According to RAB, Sarwar Jahan alias Abdur Rahman alias Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif was the chief of a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) while Gulshan attack mastermind Tamim was the second-in-command of the group.


1:14pm- Some 12 to 13 vehicles of RAB enters the area, reports Tarek Mahmud.

1:09pm-  RAB 4 Company Commander Abdul Hakim tells the Dhaka Tribune: “The fourth militant has surrendered. We are not sure about the quantity of arms they militants had.”

1:00pm- RAB enters the hideout as fourth militant comes out of the den.

12:39pm- Another militant surrenders to RAB, reports Adil Sakhawat from the spot.

A RAB vehicle seen stationed on the road in front of the hideout on July 16, 2017 Dhaka Tribune

A RAB vehicle seen stationed on the road in front of the hideout on July 16, 2017 Dhaka Tribune

12:16pm- RAB Media Wing Director Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan tells the Dhaka Tribune: “Two militants have already surrendered but two others are still inside the house.”

12:12pm- Another suspected militant dressed in black walks out of the hideout.

12:00pm- Suspected militant surrenders. RAB asks his associates to also surrender.

11:57am- A man wearing white panjabi walks out of the hideout with hands above his head, reports Adil Sakhawat.

11:44am- More gunshots fired.

11:38am- A helicopter patrols in the area.

11:38am- A team Bomb disposal unit enters the compound of the house.

10:56am- RAB officials stopping members of other law enforcers from going near the house, reports Tarek Mahmud.

Snapshot of the suspected militant den in Chowrabari village under Pathalia union of Savar Dhaka Tribune

Snapshot of the suspected militant den in Chowrabari village under Pathalia union of Savar Dhaka Tribune

9:40am- Quoting the locals, our correspondent Adil Sakhawat reports: “The house has a shop in the front side. One or two rooms of the house were also being used as godown.

“Locals said the people living in the house portrayed themselves as a family but they are not sure if that is the actual case.”

9:24am- Sohan, a student of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), tells the Dhaka Tribune: “By looking at them I felt they are thread spinners. They did not talk much with anyone.”

9:10am- Local inhabitants –Alauddin and Monir Hossain—say five to six people, including a woman, stays in the house and they rarely came out it.

8:20am- RAB Media Wing Director Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan tells the Dhaka Tribune: “We are trying to make them surrender. We are still not sure about which militant outfit they belong.”

7:19am- RAB’s mobile jammer and engineering squad, and bomb disposal unit arrive at the spot.

7:00am- RAB restricts people’s movement in 50 yard area near the house.

6:42am- More gunshots fired from inside the house.

6:38am- Dog squad arrives.

6:15am- A special squad of RAB arrives at the spot.

RAB officials seen guarding the area where the militant house is located Dhaka Tribune

RAB officials seen guarding the area where the militant house is located Dhaka Tribune

5:00am- RAB sources says four to five men are hiding inside the house.

4:30am- Our correspondent Tarek Mahmud says: “A man named Azad rented the house two months ago. He identified himself as a RMG worker.”

4:00am- The one-storey house is owned by one Ibrahim, reports our correspondent Tarek Mahmud.

3:20am- Additional DIG Lutful says: “We are intensively monitoring the situation and will conduct the operation at dawn if the militants do not surrender.”

2:00am- Gunshots fire from inside of the hideout.

1:30am- RAB 4 Commanding Officer Additional Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Lutful Kabir tells the Dhaka Tribune: “We have cordoned off the house based on the information from our intelligence.

“We have asked them to surrender but some male voices replied with slang words.”

1:00am- Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordons off suspected militant hideout in Chowrabari village under Pathalia union of Savar.


The Police Headquarters recently circulated a list of nearly 5,000 suspected militants to all district police chiefs. Since then, the law enforcers have been carrying out special drives in different areas to apprehend the militants.


 

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