Two killed in suicide blasts in Ashkona raid

DHAKA, Dec 24, 2016 (BSS) - Two militants blew themselves up while two women and two children surrendered during a raid in a house in the capital's Ashkona area today.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the spot.

"A woman and a teenage boy have blown themselves up during the raid," the home minister told journalists on the spot, concluding the operation.

The minister said another minor girl was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment. The girl suffered splinter injuries when the woman killed herself.

He said the police also recovered a huge amount of explosives and live grenades from inside the house and sent those evidence to the crime unit of CID for investigations.

The dead are identified as militant Suman's wife and militant Tanvir Quader's son Asif Quader Adar (14).

The two women who surrendered to police are Jebunnahar Shila, wife of major Jahid, and absconding militant suspect Musa's wife Trisha. The identity of the two minor girls, who also surrendered to the police, could not be known immediately.

Shila escaped a cop's drive, conducted a week after the Rupnagar raid on September 2 last in the capital's Rupnagar area when Maj Jahid was killed.

The four along with many children came out of the building around 10 in the morning as the cops were continuing the raid. The two women surrendered to the police along with a pistol and several bullets. They were later taken to the headquarters of Detective Branch of police.

A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police along with SWAT and members of bomb disposal unit conducted the drive that began early in the morning and ended at nearly 4 in the afternoon.

Early in the morning, members of the law enforcement agencies cordoned off a three-storey building named "Surja Villa" in Ashkona, suspecting it a hideout of JMB, the outlawed militant outfit held responsible for Dhaka cafe attack. During raid, the law enforcers used loudspeaker, asking the "militants" to surrender.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md. Asaduzzaman Mia and CTTC Chief Monirul Islam were present during the raid.

Police finally started its operation at noon when a woman came out of the building and blew herself up. Almost at the same time, sound of grenade blast was heard from inside the house and eventually a boy was found dead there, Asaduzzaman Mia told journalists.

He said they took very careful steps to handle the situation as the militants were carrying grenades and high-grade explosive.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)