2 dead in Dhaka raid on mil­i­tant hide­out

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A woman and a teenager be­lieved to be linked to a banned Is­lamist mil­i­tant group blew them­selves up dur­ing a po­lice raid on a two-storey house in Bangladesh’s cap­i­tal yes­ter­day, a govern­ment min­is­ter said. The woman died af­ter det­o­nat­ing ex­plo­sives at­tached to her body dur­ing the raid, while the teenage boy’s blood­ied body was found in­side an apart­ment on the ground floor of the build­ing in Dhaka’s Ashkona area, Home Min­is­ter Asaduz­za­man Khan said. Both were tied to the Ju­matul Mu­ja­hedeen Bangladesh group, or JMB, he said.

A 7-year-old girl sus­tained splin­ter in­juries when the woman blew her­self up and was be­ing treated at a hospi­tal in Dhaka, Khan said. Two other women and two chil­dren sur­ren­dered in the op­er­a­tion ear­lier yes­ter­day, he said. Bangladesh, a Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try, has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing threats re­cently from rad­i­cal groups tar­get­ing atheists, blog­gers, writ­ers, for­eign­ers and mi­nor­ity re­li­gious groups.

Ma­sudur Rah­man, a spokesman for the Dhaka Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, told re­porters that one of the sur­ren­dered women was the wife of a slain JMB mil­i­tary com­man­der who was killed in a po­lice raid in Dhaka in Septem­ber. He said the women were taken into po­lice cus­tody and would be ques­tioned. The sec­u­lar govern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina has blamed JMB for sev­eral re­cent at­tacks.

In a ma­jor at­tack on July 1, young mil­i­tants be­long­ing to the group killed 20 hostages, in­clud­ing 17 for­eign­ers, in a restau­rant in Dhaka. Since July, po­lice have con­ducted sev­eral raids like yes­ter­day’s and killed at least 40 sus­pects amid a mas­sive man­hunt for those re­spon­si­ble for the re­cent at­tacks. — AP

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