The three suspected militants, who were killed during a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raid in Nakhalpara, Dhaka on Friday morning, had been plotting to carry out a massive sabotage operation in the capital's key establishments, the elite force’s spokesperson Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan confirmed.
One of the dead militants has been identified as Jahid, also known as Sajib, and he along with his two cohorts had also made an attempt to blow up the building they were holed in as soon as they realized they were cornered by the members of the elite strike force, said Mufti, also a director of RAB.
“Jahid, who claimed to be employed by a private firm, shared a flat with six other people in the six-storey building named Ruby Villa. The other two militants, who have yet to be identified, shared a room inside the flat with Jahid. He introduced his roommates as his brothers to other people in the flat,” the RAB official said while speaking to reporters outside the building, after calling off the raid.
“They [the militants] had been living under pretence with people who had no connections with their organization in order to maintain a low profile,” Mufti said.
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Three improvised explosive devices (IED) were recovered from the flat along with some documents, explosives and pistols.
Around 60 people were living in the building which has 10 flats in total.
"All of them [the inhabitants of the building] were evacuated during the drive," Mufti said.
The dead bodies have been taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsy.