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As it happened: 7 skulls found in Mirpur militant den

  • Published at 07:46 am September 5th, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:31 pm September 6th, 2017
As it happened: 7 skulls found in Mirpur militant den
3:34pm- RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed says: “We have found seven skulls from the den. "Abdullah, his two wives, two children and two of Abdullah's associates died in yesterday's [Tuesday] explosion." Law enforcers are yet to identify the two associates. The RAB DG says: "The temperature in the flat is around 55 to 60 degree celsius due to the explosion and fire." He says: “Many New JMB members, including Tamim Chowdhury and Sarwar Jahan, often visited this house.” 2:51pm- Local tailor Akbar says: “Abdullah started living in this area from 2004. I knew him from that time. "At times, a number of people visited his house but his behaviour never showed any signs of a militant." He said: “Abdullah prayed five times a day but never discussed any religious issue with us. He was not a talkative person.”
According to police's tenant database, Abdullah lived in the flat with his wives Nasrin and Fatema, and two children Osama, 2, and Omar, 11. However, his picture was not available in the database.
2:00pm- Firefighter Rahid Khan, who went inside the building, tells the Dhaka Tribune: “Acid which is used for making IPS was found on the ground floor. “Law enforcers are working on the third and fourth floor of the building.” He adds a total of 12 firefighters are inside the building along with RAB officials. 1:00pm- In a briefing, Mufti Mahmud Khan says: “We have found three bodies in a room of the flat. The bodies have been completely burned due to yesterday’s [Tuesday] explosion. “We are able to identify the bodies.” 12:30pm- Md Abu, who lives near Komol Prova, tells the Dhaka Tribune: “I returned from Dinajpur this morning but could not go inside my residence. “My family members are stuck inside the house.” He says: “RAB officials informed my family that the drive will end within the next five hours.” 12:02pm- RAB Additional Deputy General (Operations) Col Anwar Latif tells the Dhaka Tribune: “The house owner is still in our custody. “We allowed the residents of the building to return home after verification. They were kept at Darus Salam High School yesterday [Tuesday].” 11:40am- RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan says: "The Bomb Disposal Unit is sweeping building for explosives." 11:00am- Our Correspondent Tarek Mahmud says: “Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque and RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed visited the spot earlier in the day.” 10:52am- Locals say the cable connection of the area is disconnect and the internet connection is also disrupting. 10:30am- Bomb Disposal Unit and Dog squad enter the hideout, reports Our Correspondent Tarek Mahmud. 10:15am- Mufti Mahmud Khan says: "Two teams of firefighters and RAB officials have entered the den. The operation has resumed." 9:29am- RAB media wing Assistant Director ASP Mizanur Rahman says: "We are taking preparation to start the operation at the den." 8:40am- RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan tells the Dhaka Tribune: "The building is still cordoned off. We have not yet started the operation." 12:30am (Wednesday)- RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan says operations have been suspended for the night, and will be resumed in the morning. He adds that RAB cannot yet confirm if the militants are deceased. 11:00pm- Sources say that the militants and their family members suspected to be in the hideout are presumed dead. 10:00pm- Sounds of gunfire still ongoing, building reportedly on fire. 9:47pm- Five explosions heard, followed by sounds of gunfire from the militant den. Our correspondent Arifur Rahman Rabbi reports from the spot that RAB officials are caught unawares. Smoke is seen billowing from the Komol Prova building. 6:42pm- RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan says Abdullah, the identified militant inside the Mirpur house informed the security agency that he along with his family and associates will surrender around 7:30pm to 8pm.
Earlier, RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed confirmed the media that according to their estimation, a total of seven people, including Abdullah, two of his associates, his two wives and two children are currently holed up in the house.
6:17pm- Sources say that house owner Habibullah Bahar Azad is in RAB custody. 3:31pm- RAB Deputy Director Abdullah Al Mehedi tells the Dhaka Tribune: "We are continuously in contact with the militants. We are trying to convince them to surrender." 2:55pm- Law enforcers take position on the roads near the hideout. 12:57pm- Gulshan Ara, who stays on the third floor of the building, says: "We heard the sound of a blast around 1:30am. RAB officials evacuated us around 6am. "I never had any interactions with the people living on the fourth floor." 12:30pm- Abdullah's sister surrenders, RAB sources say. 12:10pm- Benazir Ahmed says: “A total of 65 people were evacuated from 23 flats of the building." 11:51am- RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed says: “A total of seven people, including militant Abdullah, two of his associates, his two wives and two children are hiding in the den. “When contacted, Abdullah told us that he has over 50 IEDs with him.” He says: "Abdullah disguised himself as an electrician who also sold pigeons on the side."
Earlier in the day, RAB detained two suspected militants from Elenga area under Kalihati upazila of Tangail district. Based on the information given by the two suspected militants, the elite force is conducting the raid in Mirpur's Komol Prova.
11:26am- RAB evacuates 65 people from the building --Komol Prova-- located on Bordhon Bari Road in Darus Salam. 10:23am- Mufti says: “We were able to contact the militants inside the den. One of them identified himself as Abdullah. “He sells pigeons and stays in the house with his family. We are not sure about the number of people inside it.” 9:57am-Mufti Mahmud Khan tells the Dhaka Tribune: “We are suspecting that a top JMB militant is inside the den.” 9:00am- RAB Deputy Director Abdullah Al Mehedi tells the Dhaka Tribune: "We have not yet begun the raid. We are trying to convince them to surrender." 8:30am- RAB evacuates the build and asks people living in the neighbourhood to stay inside their house. 8:00am- RAB urges the suspected militants to surrender. 7:30am- Mufti Mahmud Khan tells the Dhaka Tribune: “Militants have already hurled bombs targeting us from the fourth floor of the six-storey building.” 7:00am- Mufti Mahmud Khan says: “Earlier we detained two militants from Tangail. They gave us information about this den.” 6:30am- RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan confirms the matter to the Dhaka Tribune. 1:30am (Tuesday)- Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordons off a suspected militant hideout in Mirpur’s Darus Salam area in Dhaka.
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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