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Police declares end of anti-militancy raid in Godagari

RAJSHAHI- Police today formally wrapped up nearly three-day clampdown at a terrorist hideout in Rajshahi's Godagari upazila a day after the encounter there killed five presumed terrorists and a firefighter.

"Our 'Operation Sun Devil' ends here," police's additional deputy

inspector general of Rajshahi range Nisharul Arif told newsmen.

The official said family members of the dead militants refused to take the bodies, visibly due to social stigma and their bodies were kept Rajshahi Medical College Hospital morgue.

A militant couple and their two adult children, one being a girl and another terrorist, said to be an IT expert of the JMB, were killed in a suicide blast during the raid.

But ahead of their deaths they stormed out of the den and hacked to death fireman Abdul Matin with machetes.

The slain militants were Sazzad Ali, his wife Belly Begum, their son Alamin Hossain and daughter Karima Khatun and Ashraful.

All the militants died in suicide blasts and were JMB operatives," Arif said.

But another adult daughter of the couple, Sumaiya, surrendered to police along with two minor children after her initial reluctance to give in.

He said the bomb disposal unit recovered 11 bombs, one pistol, two rounds of bullets and a magazine from the house. Later, the unit disposed of the bombs near the place of occurrence this morning.

Sazzad Ali had begun residing in the one-storey tin-shed house, surrounded by water bodies in Benipur area of Habajpur, about a month ago.

He is said to be the father-in-law of one Jahurul, a militant already under police custody.

Officer-in-Charge of Godagari Police Station Hifzur Alam Munshi said police cordoned the house off since 9:00pm on Wednesday last. The operation began around 3:00am early Thursday. Police repeatedly told them to surrender.

Minutes later, some militants including two women stormed out of the house and swooped on the police and firemen with sharp weapons, leaving seven policemen injured.

They also stabbed a fireman indiscriminately who was engaged in spraying water on the house to hydrate any explosives, OC Munshi added.

Later, fireman Abdul Matin succumbed to his injuries at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.

SP of Rajshahi Moazzem Hossain Bhuiyan, Additional SP Sumit Chowdhury and other police officials concerned were present at the media-briefing session.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)