Jebunnahar is the wife of Maj (retd) Murad, who was killed during a raid in Dhaka’s Rupnagar area.
“We kept our doors and windows closed since the raid began. In the morning we heard a saddened voice over a police megaphone saying 'Jebunnahar , please come out, I want to see you alive. You will face no torture',” said Rubel, a senior bank officer who lived in the second floor of the house.
He added: “The police also urged the militants over microphone to surrender assuring them of only legal action and that no physical harm would be done to them.”
Police also requested the militants to turn on their mobile phones: “Your families want to talk to you, please switch on your mobile.”
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The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit encircled a three-storey building in Dhaka’s Ashkona, where several suspected militants took refuge.
Four surrendered with a pistol, six rounds of bullets and some explosives. The detainees include Jebunnahar Islam Shila, wife of Murad (alias Jahid), Trishna, wife of Musa, their seven-year old daughter, and the 15-month old daughter of Sumon.
They have been taken to the DB office for interrogation.
A four-year old girl was injured in a suicidal bomb blast. She has been identified as Sabina, the daughter of Iqbal. She is undergoing treatment at DMCH.
Shahid Qadri, the fifteen-year old son of Tanvir Qadri inside the apartment. The cause of his death has not been ascertained. Police are not sure whether a bullet took his life or he blew himself up with a grenade.