Hats off to our law enforcement agencies on another successful raid.
The killing of Gulshan attack mastermind Tamim Chowdhury as well as two other militants in a coordinated and precise operation is a major step towards rooting out militancy in the country.
The success of Operation Hit Strong 27, along with the July 26 raid on a Kallyanpur building, has shown that Bangladesh is taking the threat of terror very seriously, and our law enforcement agencies -- the counter-terrorism and transnational crime unit, RAB, and police -- are more than up to the challenging task of hitting back at terrorists.
This is tremendously reassuring for the public, and goes a long way toward restoring faith in our institutions.
Now, let us build on this success and truly put an end to terror and militancy in Bangladesh. As shown by Operation Hit Strong 27, we have the capability as well as the capacity to do so. All that is needed is the political will to take the battle to the terrorists.
It is a pity that Tamim, a Bangladeshi-Canadian, could not be captured alive, as it is possible that useful information could have been obtained from him. However, there is good reason to believe there was no other recourse, and the shootout that ensued after law enforcement officials tried to enter the three-storey house necessitated the killing of Tamim and his two accomplices.
Outcomes of such raids are hardly ever perfect, but we have no reason to think more force was used than was needed in yesterday’s operation.
The entire nation was shaken after the horrific attack on Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1. Clinical and professional operations of this nature, then, are the need of the hour to root our terrorists from our society, and to ensure the safety of the public.