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As it happened : Operation Sun Devil ends, bombs, pistol, gunpowder found at militant den

  • Published at 08:32 am May 11th, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:06 pm May 12th, 2017
As it happened : Operation Sun Devil ends, bombs, pistol, gunpowder found at militant den
1:30pm: Rajshahi Range Additional DIG Nisarul Arif says the the anti-militant operation has been completed. “Two senior militants – Sajjad and Ashraful – were staying at the hideout. Ashraful, hailing from Chapainawabganj, is a BSC engineer. Sajjad is a local. His son Al-Amin alias Hamza was also a militant,” he told reporters. Police uniforms, gunpowder, bomb making material, bombs and a pistol were recovered from the hideout, he said. Families of the militants have refused to accept their bodies. Meanwhile, Section 144 has been withdrawn. 11:40am: Law enforcers recover 11 bombs, one pistol, two rounds of bullets and one magazine from the militant hideout, Godagari OC Hibzur says. 10:22am: Fresh gunshots heard, our correspondent Abdullah Al Dulal reports from the spot. 8:30am (Friday): Operation Sun Devil resumes, Godagari OC Hibzur confirms the Dhaka Tribune. 8:00pm: Rajshahi Range DIG Masudur Rahman tells the media: “The raid has been code-named Operation Sun Devil. The operation has been postponed for the night and it will resume in the morning “The militants detonated suicide vests and died after hacking a firefighter to death.” [caption id="attachment_62942" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Rajshahi-raid-azahar-2-edited Law enforcement officials approach the deceased bodies of the militants in Rajshahi, on May 11, 2017 Azahar Uddin[/caption] 7:30pm: A 12-member team of Bomb Disposal Unit arrives at the spot. 6:30pm: Fire Service Director (operation and maintenance) Major AKM Shakil Nawaz says that a five member probe committee has been formed to investigate the incident, led by Rajshahi Fire Service Deputy Director Nurul Islam. 3:30pm: The bomb disposal team is reportedly on its way from Dhaka. 12:57pm: Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune: "Militants first hacked firefighter Abdul Motin and then blew themselves up. "Motin was severely injured in the suicide blast. Later died of his injuries." [caption id="attachment_62940" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Rajshahi-raid-azahar-edited The area in front of the hideout where militants blew them selves up after hacking a firefighter to death on May 11, 2017 Azahar Uddin/Dhaka Tribune[/caption] 12:08pm: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team arrives at the spot. 11:36am: Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit and local police are on the spot. 11:20am: Law enforcers to start the raid once Bomb Disposal Unit from Dhaka arrives at the spot. 11:15am:  A police van carrying Sumaiya and her two children leaves the spot, our correspondent Abdullah Al Dulal reports. 11:13am: OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune: "Sumaiya has surrendered." 11:10am: Senior ASP (Godagari Circle) Md Ekramul Hoque says: “A person wearing a suicide vest is hiding inside the house. "We have also rescued a seven-year-old boy and one-month-old baby girl." 10:39am: "Shazzad along with family started living in the house two months ago. He used to sell clothes while his sons Alamin and Soheb were farmers," our photographer Azahar Uddin reports. 10:18am: Two executive magistrates arrive at the spot. 10:07am: OC Hibzur says: "Shazzad's another daughter Sumaiya is hiding in a paddy field near the house. We have asked her to surrender but she is not willing to do so." [caption id="attachment_62817" align="aligncenter" width="800"]A policeman seen guarding the suspected militant hideout in Benipur on May 11, 2017 Azahar Uddin/ DHAKA TRIBUNE A policeman seen guarding the suspected militant hideout in Benipur on May 11, 2017 Azahar Uddin/ DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] 9:57am: "Five militants, including Sazzad, his wife Beli, their sons Alamin, 30, and Soheb, 25, and daughter Karima, 18, died in the suicide blast," Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune. 9:47am: One Shazzad owns the one-storey tin-shed house our photographer Azahar Uddin reports. 9:37am: "Firefighter Abdul Motin died when taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital," Godagari OC Hibzur says. 9:20am: Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune: "We had asked the militants to surrender. They blew themselves up while coming out of the house. "Firefighter Abdul Motin has also been injured in the blast." [caption id="attachment_62822" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Policemen seen gsitting on a paddy field near the Godagari militant hideout on May 11, 2017 Azahar Uddin/ DHAKA TRIBUNE Policemen seen sitting on a paddy field near the Godagari militant hideout on May 11, 2017 Azahar Uddin/ DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] 8:54am: “Four militants have been killed in the firing,” Godagari OC Hibzur tells the Dhaka Tribune. 8:45am: Gunshots heard. 8:30am: Godagari police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Hibzur Alam Munshi says: “Law enforcers  cordoned off a house in Benipur village since 3am.”
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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