There are no words effusive enough to describe the successful containment of the situation in Sylhet by the army and our law enforcement agencies.
A situation that could have easily devolved into something much worse than the carnage we witnessed last year in the form of the Holey Artisan incident, the great work being done by our law enforcers in Sylhet deserves to be recognised more widely, as it goes a long way in instilling a great sense of security for citizens.
Billed as “Operation Twilight,” the campaign is being spearheaded by the army, with the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, SWAT, RAB, and Sylhet police assisting in raiding Atia Mahal -- a residential building in Sylhet that the militants have been using as their main hideout for months.
The raid has so far seen 78 residents of the building rescued by Saturday afternoon leaving no innocents for the militants to take as hostages.
This is a prime example of successful counter-terrorism.
While there have been casualties -- with six people losing their lives, including two policemen -- and more than a few getting injured from an explosion that was set off near the site of the raid on Saturday, it is necessary to realise just how much worse the situation could have played out without the intervention of the army.
A building full of highly-trained and well-equipped militants is not an easy situation to tackle, but with all the residents of Atia Mahal rescued and two of the militants inside the building neutralised, we are confident that the army, coupled with the invaluable assistance being offered by our law enforcement, will be able to diffuse the situation promptly and efficiently.
To all those involved in the raid, you have made our country that much safer. And to those who have lost their lives along the way, the nation owes you more than it can ever deliver.
We salute you.