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Thursday October 19, 2017 06:56 PM

As-it-happened: Three suicide vests, maps found at Jessore militant den

As-it-happened: Three suicide vests, maps found at Jessore militant den
Law enforcers stand on the road near the suspected militant hideout in Jessore on October 9, 2017 Md Tauhid-Uz-Zaman/Dhaka Tribune

The building was cordoned off at 10pm on Sunday

5:30pm- A press conference is held announcing that the primary operation is over. Khulna Range Additional DIG Ekramul Habib says that three suicide vests and a number of maps have been recovered from the den. He adds that the maps may be have been plans for an attack.

The Additional DIG further says that Moshiur, under whose name the hideout had been rented, may be an alias used by Sagor, one of the planners of the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery and the husband of Khadiza. The explosions heard earlier were due to bomb defusal.

4:43pm- “We heard three loud explosions from the hideout,” Our Correspondent Md Tauhid-Uz-Zaman says.

3:05pm- Khadiza surrenders to the police with her two daughters and a son.

Confirming the matter, Kotwali police station Office-in-Charge Azmal Huda says: “She surrendered after we brought her father Nizam Uddin and mother here.”

2:28pm– Haider Ali tells the Dhaka Tribune: “Khadiza came to the the veranda and talked with me and the police.

“She said she will only come out of the house if her father comes to the spot.”

12:51pm– Police still trying to convince Khadiza to surrender.

11:58am– SP Anisur tells the media: “We have asked Marjan’s sister Khadiza to surrender. We have asked her to come to the veranda and contact us.

“We have also asked her to switch on her mobile phone.”

He says: “Five families have been rescued from the building.”

11:28am- Law enforcers announce in the mike asking Khadiza to surrender.

10:52am- Khulna Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Didar Ahmed tells the Dhaka Tribune: “We are suspecting that Marjan’s sister who is also Hadisur Rahman Sagor’s wife is inside the Jessore hideout.

“We are trying to convince them to surrender.”

10:45am- “We have heard that Gulshan attack planner Marjan’s sister Khadiza is in the hideout,” Our Correspondent Md Tauhid-Uz-Zaman says.


New JMB leaders Nurul Islam alias Marjan and Hadisur Rahman Sagor were among the planners of Holey Artisan attack that killed 22 people, including 17 foreigners, in Dhaka’s Gulshan area on July 1, 2016.

Marjan died in a gunfight with law enforcers on January 6 this year while Sagor is still at large.


10:30am- a SWAT team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) arrives on the spot.

10:15am- SP Anisur tells the media: “We will soon ask them [the suspected militants] to surrender. We will only allow a few media workers to go near the hideout.”

10:00am- Jessore Superintendent of Police (SP) Anisur Rahman also visits the spot.

9:45am: A team from Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrives at the spot.

09:30am- Haider says: “One Moshiur Rahman of Kushtia has been living on the western side of the second floor with his wife and three children for a year.

“I heard that police are suspecting him [Moshiur] to be a militant.”

9:00am- Wishing anonymity, a high rank police official tells the Dhaka Tribune: “The house has been cordoned off since 10pm on Sunday.”

8:45am- Ismat’s husband Haider Ali says: “I heard about the incident from my relatives around 4am. Police is not letting me go inside the house.

“Two families live in the building. I live with my family in another house near this building.”

8:30am- The building is owned by one Ismat Ara and her two sisters.

8: 35am- The four-storey building is located near Jame Mosque on Ghop Noapara Road.

8:30am- Law enforcers cordon off suspected militant hideout in Jessore district.


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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