An insider source from the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) confirmed that the three militants killed during a raid in Nakhalpara in Dhaka on January 12, had also been to other hideouts outside Dhaka.
The RAB source, preferring to remain anonymous, confirmed that the militants killed in the raid had an accomplice.
RAB is making efforts to detain the person in question, so that they can learn more about other militant dens scattered across the country.
The RAB official confided to the Dhaka Tribune: “A person is leading this particular faction of the JMB, and a number of militant dens sprung up with this person’s direct involvement. We will know more once we are able to detain this person.”
Acting on a tip-off, RAB conducted an operation at Ruby Villa in Dhaka’s Nakhalpara on January 12.
The three JMB militants who had occupied one of the flats in the building had fired gunshots, and hurled bombs targeting the members of the elite force.
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In retaliation, RAB officials opened fire. The suspected militants were killed during the gunfire exchange. RAB also recovered suicide vests, IEDs, and explosive material from the hideout.
Two of the deceased suspects have already been identified.
One of the suspects was identified as Mesbah Uddin, a native of Baduara Village under Monoharganh Upazila of Comilla. The other was identified as Nafis Ul Islam, hailing from Chittagong.
Nafis left home and disappeared on October 6 last year, prompting his father to file a general diary (GD) at the local police station.
Speaking to the correspondent, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Chittagong Detective Branch (DB) of Police AAM Humayun Kabir said: “Using the GD filed by Nafis’ father as a source, we tracked down a militant den at the Madarbari area of the port city. Three members of the New-JMB suicide den were arrested from there.”
RAB officials concerned firmly believe that Nafis was a frequent visitor of the militant den in Chittagong.
They added: “Members of this JMB group had been staying in two separate dens outside Dhaka.”
However, the insiders declined to reveal the details of these two militant dens for the sake of ongoing investigation.
Lt Col Emranul Hasan, commanding officer (CO) of RAB-3, said: “They [the deceased militants] were planning to attack government establishments and members of law enforcement, and were organizing themselves in Dhaka for this purpose.”
He added: “We have a lot of information on this group, and we are currently scrutinizing it.”
RAB officials have been questing Mesbah’s family members for more details about his activities.
“Family members of Mesbah are being questioned, and Nafis’ relatives will also be questioned soon,” Emranul told the correspondent.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com