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As-it-happened: Operation Eagle Hunt concludes with 4 killed and 2 in custody

  • Published at 08:22 am April 26th, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:16 pm April 27th, 2017
As-it-happened: Operation Eagle Hunt concludes with 4 killed and 2 in custody
7:00pm: The Crime Scene Unit and Bomb Disposal Unit are canvassing the house. 6:55pm: DIG Khurshid says four militants including Abu, killed themselves with their explosives. All four are reportedly men. Abu's wife Sumaiya Hossain and their child is currently in police custody. 6:47pm: Rajshahi range DIG Khurshid Hossain says Operation Eagle Hunt has successfully been finished. He was accompanied by SWAT Deputy Commissioner Proloy Kumar Joarder and Chapainawabganj Superintendent of Police Mujahidul Islam. 6:27pm: Explosions continue outside the house as the operation continues in full force. 5:30pm: A woman and child are taken out of the house and driven away in an ambulance. No comments on their condition or identity. 2:41pm: Sporadic gunshots heard, reports our correspondent Md Anwar Hossain Choudhury from the spot. 1:08pm: SWAT uses hand mikes asking militant Abu to surrender. 10:37am: The Bomb Disposal Unit team arrives on the spot. 9:10am (Thursday): Fresh gunshots heard as Operation Eagle Hunt resumes, reports our correspondent Md Anwar Hossain Choudhury from the spot.

Key points from the press briefing on Wednesday: April 26, 2017

-Deputy Commissioner Proloy Kumar Joarder says that Operation Eagle Hunt has been suspended due to low visibility. -The operation is set to resume tomorrow morning. -The number of militants is still unknown. -The militants threw grenades and shot at law enforcement officials whenever they attempted to approach the building.
9:00pm-DC Proloy Kumar Joarder briefs media. 8:45pm- Our correspondent Azahar Uddin informs that Operation Eagle Hunt has been suspended for the day. Law enforcement officials will hold a press briefing shortly. 8:11pm- CTTC sources say that the house was rented under Abu Ali's name for him and his wife. They suspect about 5 militants may be inside the building. 7:44pm- The operation has been code-named "Eagle Hunt", confirms Deputy Commissioner Proloy Kumar Joarder. 6:40pm- More gunfire and explosions heard from the militant den. 5:30pm- SWAT begins raid at the militant den. Gunfire and explosions heard from the militant den. 5:00pm- Militant Abu Ali's family attempts to get him to surrender peacefully. 4:50pm- SWAT arrives at the suspected militant den. Preparations for the raid underway. Rajshahi DIG Khurshid Hussain present on the scene. 2:54pm: CTTC Assistant Commissioner Towhid Hossain says: "We are assuming that militant Abu Ali and his wife is inside the hideout." 2:13pm: CTTC sources say the drive will start once Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team arrives on the spot. [caption id="attachment_60105" align="alignnone" width="800"]Law enforcement officials outside the Chapainawabganj den Azahar Uddin/Dhaka Tribune Law enforcement officials outside the Chapainawabganj den Azahar Uddin/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 1:39pm: Gunshots heard, reports our correspondent Md Anwar Hossain Choudhury from the spot. 11:07am: A CTTC high official says four to five militants are inside the building. 10:52am: The one-storey building which is cordoned off by the law enforcers is owned by Afsar Ali Juitha, reports our correspondent Md Anwar Hossain Choudhury from the spot. 10:08am: A CTTC source says local administration imposed Section 144 in the area. 9:40am: Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam says: “We are not sure about the number of militants inside the building but New JMB militants might be inside it. “We are trying to cajole them into surrendering.” New JMB is a faction of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, and is affiliated with the Islamic State group. 9:20am: Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam says: "Gunshots were fired targeting us from the den." 9am: Shibganj police station Officer-in-Charge Habibul Islam says: "Counter-Terrorism officials arrived here from Dhaka and sought our help to raid the hideout.” 8:22am (Wednesday): Chapainawabganj Superintendent of Police TA Mojahiudul Islam tells the Dhaka Tribune: "Counter-Terrorism unit has cordoned off a building in Shibnagar village since 5:30am."
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.