B'desh Police kills four suspected terrorists in Chittagong

Posted March 17, 2017

Four suspected militants from a banned Islamist group were killed during a police raid on a building in southeastern Bangladesh, police said Thursday.

Two policemen were wounded when the militants inside a two-storey building in Chittagong, about 200km south-east of Dhaka, attacked them with at least a dozen grenades, police official Mohammad Moniruzzaman told Reuters.

A police inspector was injured when militants hurled grenades.

"They came out in the stairs and carried out a big explosion". Parts of their bodies were spread to 25-30 yards (metres),' Hossain said.

'They also opened fire at us with pistols'.

A suicide bomber died and two cops were injured as the bomb the suspected militant was carrying exploded when he was being intercepted by law enforcers Friday in Bangladesh's capital, police said.

Al-Qaeda and ISIS have made competing claims over the attacks in the mostly Muslim country of 160 million people, but the government has consistently denied the presence of any such transnational militant organisations in Bangladesh.

He said the encounter began after a night-long police siege to the hideout of the neo-JMB, which staged the deadly July 1, 2016 attack on a Dhaka Holey Artisan caf, killing 22 people including 17 foreigners.

Security forces in Bangladesh have intensified nationwide crackdown on extremists following a spate of terror attacks.

Two New JMB members were arrested following the raid on the building, according to police additional superintendent Mosiuddowla Reza. A team of the Chittagong Special Branch (SB) of police conducted the drive based on information from a suspected militant couple, who were arrested from Amirabad area of the upazila earlier on Wednesday.

"They were wearing suicide vests which exploded".

'Our bomb disposal unit later defused the vest'.