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Police say nothing found in raids on suspected militant shelters in Chittagong 

  • Chittagong Bureau, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2017-03-20 19:29:50 BdST

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Police say they have found nothing suspicious in the raid on two houses, suspected to be used by militants in Chittagong's Akbar Shah Police Station area.

The simultaneous search operations began at around 3:30pm on Monday at a house at Road-1 in CDA Residential Area and the other, around a kilometre away on the opposite side of the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, at North Kattoli Ishan Mahazon Lane in Kalibari area.

Personnel from SWAT and bomb disposal unit also took part in the 3-hour operation which ended at around 6:30pm.

"Nothing has been found in the operations," Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Farukul Islam told the media in the evening.

First, the law enforcers cordoned off the two houses, and then police and SWAT raided the house, 'Mamaha Nibas', in CDA Residential Area. After that, they raided the house in Kalibari. Police searched the two houses again after in the SWAT team.

The operations came three days after the two similar operations in Sitakunda in which four suspected militants were killed, and a lot of bombs, explosives and bomb-making materials were recovered.

A police official who took part in the drive told bdnews24.com on condition of anonymity that the raids on the houses based on information gathered during raids on militant dens in Sitakunda and Mirsharai.

CMP DC Farukul denied the claim, saying that Monday's raids were part of an anti-militancy drive launched across Bangladesh on Mar 8.

Asked why SWAT and bomb disposal unit were called in, he mentioned several incidents, like that in Dhaka's Kalyanpur, when police came under attack first during routine searches.

Police busted a militant den in Mirsharai on Mar 8 following information obtained from two suspects arrested during an attack on a security check post in Comilla the previous day.

On Mar 15, a militant couple was detained in a raid on a house at Namar Bazar in Chittagong's Sitakunda. Information given by them led to the raid on another house nearby in Premtala area of the same municipality.

The 19-hour stand-off and raid ended in the morning on Mar 16 with the deaths of two suspects in a suicide blast and two others by the law-enforcers in the final assault.

After Thursday's raid in Chittagong, a RAB camp in Dhaka's Ashkona and a checkpoint in Khilgaon came under suicide attacks. Three suspected terrorists were killed in two incident while two RAB men were injured.

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