Bangladesh stand-off involves lethal finish with ‘militant’ blast

Bangladeshi troops cordon off an area during a military raid on a building where armed militants were holed up Sylhet (27 March 2017)

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Bangladesh troops have just lately been concerned in a number of stand-offs with militants

As much as eight folks together with a toddler have been killed when suspected Islamist militants blew themselves up after being surrounded in a hideout in north-eastern Bangladesh, police say.

They described a horrific scene on the finish of the 2 day stand-off at Moulvibazar close to Sylhet.

Police advised native media the militants detonated a grenade after failing to flee and to keep away from being captured.

The useless are believed to incorporate members of an area jihadist group.

On Saturday six folks – two law enforcement officials and 4 civilians – were killed in twin bombings in Sylhet when commandos flushed out one other group of suspected Islamist militants.

So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed on messaging app Telegram that it was behind one of many blasts.

Within the newest incident on Thursday, police told The Daily Star that the our bodies have been found when a bomb disposal crew entered the militants’ den after “disposing of grenades and bombs [which were] mendacity scattered on the ground” of the constructing.

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Troops on Monday rescued civilians (above) earlier than launching raids on militant hideouts

The paper says that the sound of gunfire and explosions may very well be continually heard proper up till the time the safety forces entered the premises.

The BBC’s Waliur Rahman in Dhaka says that one other suspected hideout in the identical north-eastern space has additionally been surrounded by police since Wednesday.

In the meantime, regulation enforcers are additionally conserving an in depth watch on a constructing within the jap city of Comilla, the place an analogous raid to flush out militants is imminently anticipated.

The escalation in violence comes at a time when many in Bangladesh thought safety forces had managed to curb Islamist militancy, following the deadly siege on a restaurant in Dhaka final yr.

Current suicide assaults on safety camps and checkpoints have stunned many.

Bangladeshi police keep that an offshoot of the banned Islamist outfit Jamiatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is accountable for many of those assaults, regardless of claims on the contrary by IS and al-Qaeda.