Law enforcement officials concluded Operation Eagle Hunt on Thursday, after four militants blew themselves up at the militant hideout in Shibnagar village under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj.
Rajshahi Range DIG Khurshid Hossain announced the successful completion of the operation during a press briefing at 6:45pm. He was accompanied by SWAT Deputy Commissioner Proloy Kumar Joarder and Chapainawabganj Police Superintendent Mujahidul Islam.
SWAT resumed the operation at 9:10am on Thursday, with gunfire and explosions heard from the den almost immediately. Subsequently, a bomb disposal team arrived at the location at 10:30am.
At 1:08pm, law enforcement officials used megaphones to urge militant Abu Ali to surrender, in the same manner as his family had done on Wednesday, but there was once again no response.
However, Sumaiya Begum, suspected to be militant Abu’s wife, left the building with a four-year-old girl, Sajida Khatun, at 5:30pm.
According to DIG Khurshid, law enforcement officials shot Sumaiya in the right leg before taking her into custody as they suspected she may have had explosives on her person. Sumaiya was taken to Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital for treatment, where it was found that she was three months pregnant.
Gunfire and explosions at the hideout continued until 6:30pm, at which point the operation was concluded and the building handed over to bomb disposal units.
The bodies of the militants were recovered from the hideout at 8:30pm and taken to Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital for post mortem examination.
Earlier, at 5:30am on Wednesday, CTTC officials cordoned off the building in Trimohoni, Shibnagar village, suspecting it to be a militant hideout.
According to CTTC, police and locals, the owner of the building is Saidur Rahman alias Jentu Biswas. Abu Ali, 30, rented the building in February this year.
Abu, who is originally from Trimohoni in Shibnagar, was a madrasa student. After completing his studies, he took up trade as a spice vendor. During this time, he often conflicted with his parents, Afsar Ali and Fulsana Begum, regarding his overzealous religious ideologies.
Locals said his mother had claimed that Abu moved out of their home after one such disagreement.
They added that Abu rarely interacted with others outside of his set group of eight to ten friends. These men would often be seen praying together and were also in the habit of observing Eid in accordance with Saudi Arabia.
Locals also alleged that two of Abu’s associates, Mahfuzur Rahman alias Mohon, 28, and Abdus Salam, 35, had been detained by police on Tuesday night.
Police, however, refused to comment on the matter.