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1 held, bombs seized in Savar militant den raid

  • Published at 06:55 pm January 13th, 2020
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Police officials conduct a drive at a building in Savar on Monday, January 13, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Equipment capable of carrying out bombs attacks through remote detonation recovered, police say

Police yesterday detained a woman and seized bombs and explosives during a raid at a suspected militant den in Savar’s Ashulia, on the outskirts of capital Dhaka.

Apart from the detention of Shaila Sharmin, police recovered petrol bombs, bomb making materials, toy pistols, sharp weapons and other equipment during the three-hour-long drive, said Dhaka district’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Maruf Hossain Sarder.

Talking to reporters after the raid, he said they also recovered some equipment that can be used to carry out bombs attacks through remote detonation.

“We are investigating to find out when and where they [militants] were planning to carry out such attack,” Maruf added.

The drive at a flat on the ground floor of a two-storey building in Gokulnagar Bazar area started around 5:45pm, when a large number of policemen cordoned it off, and ended around 9pm.

SP Maruf said Shaila, who is in her late 20s, was a member of New JMB, a splinter group of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

She is the wife of Tanvir Ahmed, the head of New JMB’s IT wing and a student of Jahangirnagar University. Tanvir is currently on the run, but raids would be carried out to arrest him, officials said.

The two-storey building that was raided is owned by one Aktar, who is an expatriate in Saudi Arabia. Locals said the whole house was rented by Tanvir and Shaila just 15 days ago.

The raid was carried out jointly by Dhaka district police, Detective Branch (Dhaka north) and Rapid Action Battalion.

SP Maruf also told reporters that the drive was conducted in relation to a case filed against New JMB members in Bogra.