An unnatural death case was lodged on Wednesday night over the seven people who reportedly detonated themselves during a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) operation at a militant hideout on Mirpur's Mazar Road.
RAB Deputy Assistant Director Nayeb Subedar Harun ur-Rashid filed the case with Darus Salam police station, confirmed the station’s Sub-Inspector (SI) Mohesh.
The elite law enforcement agency recovered seven skulls from the site, belonging to two children, two women and three men.
After an autopsy, Dhaka Medical College Hospital Forensic Department Head Dr Sohel Mahmud confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that his team found splinters, wires, and parts of torch-lights in the bodies, confirming the RAB theory that the blasts were caused by suicide bombs.
“We have also collected DNA from the skulls,” the physician said.
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At least five bombs exploded around 9:50pm, over two hours after a RAB unit claimed that a top militant, Abdullah, and his two associates agreed to surrender to the lawmen.
The men were holed up in a fourth-floor apartment in the six-storey Komol Prova building on Mazar road.
RAB officials said the bodies were believed to have been incinerated and disintegrated in the series of blasts that could be seen from far off as huge fires.
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RAB cordoned off the house following information about the suspect from two alleged members of a new faction of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
The two alleged members were detained from a house at Elenga in Kalihati upazila of Tangail late Monday night.