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Narsingdi militant raid ends, 2 suspected female militants surrender

  • Published at 11:23 pm October 17th, 2018
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit Chief Monirul Islam addresses journalists after militant den raid in Madhabdi, Narsingdi on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

CTTC chief Monirul Islam says the women have ties to the militants killed in Tuesday’s raid in Narsingdi

Law enforcement members ended the militant den raid in Madhabdi, Narsingdi after two suspected female militants surrendered after a 40-hour standoff around 3pm on Wednesday.

The female suspects have been identified as Khadija Akter Meghla, 25 and Moushumi Akhter Mou, 24.

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit Chief Monirul Islam confirmed the news, and stated that: “Those who were hiding in the 7th storey building had ties with those killed in Tuesday’s anti-militant operation.

“As they are females, we tried our best to make them surrender and they did, although they hurled explosives at us. They had also been arrested, backin 2016, for their involvement in militant activities and were released on bail after seven months, none of them returned home; instead they got themselves deeper into militant activities.”

The two women, amid tight security, were taken from the second militant hideout by an ambulance, at Madhabdi municipality after they surrendered.

CTTC Monirul further said: “We came to know that one of the arrestee’s husbands is high ranking leader of New JMB and the other one in not married. All the three females, including the deceased were students of Manarat International University in Dhaka. One of them went back to live a normal life also.”

Earlier police cordoned off two militant hideouts – a five-storey building and another seven-storey building – on Tuesday night. Law enforcement agencies raided the five-storey at the samenight and recovered bodies of a man and a woman along with firearms.

The deceased were later identified as husband and wife Abdullah Al Bangali and Aklima Akhter Moni. Bangali was the head of New Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)Media Section.

Meanwhile on Tuesday night, the suspected militants were asked to surrender by the law enforcers and from Wednesday morning, section 144 was imposed in the area, where the militants were hiding.

Monirul further said they have not yet identified the reasons as to why the suspected militants rented out two flats in two nearby buildings of the area and who their targets were. They rented one of the flats on October 3 and the other on October 5.