Key points from the press briefing on Friday; March 31, 2017
- Chittagong Range DIG Shafiqur Rahman says that two militants were holed up in Kotbari hideout.
- The militants are Anis alias Anas of Noakhali and Roni of Rajshahi, both aged between 20 and 22.
- Neither could be detained. Anas fled from the den around 10:30am Wednesday and Roni fled before police located them in the afternoon.
- The militants detained during the Mirsarai raid provided information about Anas and Roni.
- Five kilograms of explosives, two suicide vests and four grenades have been recovered from the hideout. A bomb disposal team will start working in the hideout on Saturday. Section 144 will remain imposed in the graveyard area till Saturday.
On information from the militants detained during the Mirsarai raid, police learned two militants were hiding in the Comilla den. They are Anis alias Anas, hailing from Noakhali, and another is Roni of Rajshahi region, both aged between 20 and 22.
“One of the militants fled the hideout around 10:30am Wednesday and the other fled before police located them in the afternoon,” DIG Shafiqul Islam says quoting the owner of the house.
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Chittagong range Deputy Inspector General of police Shafiqul Islam, middle, briefs media on Friday; March 31, 2017 on the outcome of Operations Strike Out, which commences on Wednesday; March 29, 2017 at a suspected militant hideout in Comilla's Kotbari area Dhaka Tribune
“Two militants holed up in the den and they had fled the scene before police started the raid,” Chittagong range DIG Shafiqul Islam says in a press briefing.
“A bomb disposal team will start working in the hideout on Saturday,” he adds.
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Law enforcers, journalists and locals peeking at the Kotbari militant den Dhaka Tribune
SWAT team ends operation at Kotbari militant hideout.
“No militant was found in the den. Five kilogrammes of explosives, two suicide vests and four grenades have been recovered from the hideout,” says Shafiqul Islam, deputy inspector general (DIG) of Chittagong range.
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Policemen were seen on high alert near the Kotbari militant den Dhaka Tribune
“A briefing will be held at police superintendent’s office in the evening.”
“SWAT searched all but one room of the first floor of the building and found suicide vest and explosives,” says a source in SWAT.
DIG of Chittagong Range Shafiqul Islam says: “We think there are no militants inside the den but there are only explosives. We are still not sure as we have not been able to enter the building yet.”
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Locals sit anxiously at a distance of a militant hideout in Comilla's Kotbari area Dhaka Tribune
Police bar inhabitants of south Baghmara from offering prayers at Gondhomoti Mosque, which is located 1km away from the den.
Sadar south police station Inspector Sadek Hossain says: “We made an announcement requesting the local people who came out of the mosque not to enter the area where the raid is being conducted.”
An ambulance leaves the spot with a policeman.
Gunshots can be heard from the militant hideout.
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Policemen seen standing on the road near Comilla militant den on March 31, 2017 Dhaka Tribune
Rupali Mondol, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Comilla Sadar south upazila, says: "Local administration has imposed Section 144 to two kilometres of the militant hideout from 7am on Friday.
Deputy Inspector General (Chittagong range) Md Shafiqul Islam tells the Dhaka Tribune: "Operation Strike Out has begun at the militant den which has been cordoned off since Wednesday."
Members of law enforcement agencies on Wednesday discovered a den of terrorists at south Bagmara village in Kotbari of Comilla Sadar south upazila.
Law enforcement opted to not proceed with any action as the Election Commission had asked them to not raid the suspected militant hideout till the Comilla City Corporation election had ended. The election was held on Thursday.
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