A team of Bangladesh police’s Counter-Terrorism Police Unit (CTTC) has busted a militant hideout and recovered large quantity of arms and ammunition from capital Dhaka’s posh area Baradhara DOHS, one of the most secured areas in the capital.
Most of the embassies and high commissions are situated in this area.
CTTC Monirul Islam told that acting on an intelligence report that a gang of militants have been using an apartment in Baridharaas a hideout and had stored firearms, ammunition and explosives there, a team of CTTC started a search operation in the early hours of Thursday.
They had surrounded a building since Friday morning suspecting presence of militants there, he claimed.
He said: “After end of a three-hour search operation CTTC recovered 50 detonators, two automatic handguns with 11 bullets, two shotguns with two shells, seven jihadi books, Tk 3 lakh in cash and counterfeit local currency.”
However, they did not find any militant there.
Three separate cases were filed with the Cantonment police station in connection.
Police sources confirmed that such drives will be conducted in the future to identify and arrest militant suspects.
Bangladesh law enforcement agencies beefed security and started continuous raid to find out the militant hideouts across the country after the militants attacked a Spanish cafe Holey Artisan in Dhaka’s Gulshan on July 1, 2016, killing 22 people, mostly foreigners.
Since the attack, Bangladeshi law enforcers started tough actions against Neo-JMB (an offshoot of the banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh) who was blamed for the attack and Ansarul Bangla Team (ATB).
Last year, law enforcement agencies conducted a series of large-scale operations against militants and killed at least 18 militants.
During these raids, six people including two police officers were killed in two explosions.