7 human skulls found at Mirpur ‘militant hideout’

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Dhaka, September 6: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have confirmed the death of seven people, recovering their severed skulls in the six-storey building on Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the capital.Director General of RAB Benazir Ahmed that told the media the skulls belonged to two children, two women and three men.

He told the journalists that the bodies were believed to have been incinerated and disintegrated in the series of blasts last night that could be seen as a big fire visible from far off.

The inside of the fourth-floor flat, where the suspected militants were believed to be holing up, was still heated. Law enforcers were cooling the place and trying to enter.

Lawmen are under the impression that the suspected militants might have killed themselves in the latest series of explosions last night.

The suspected militants were believed to have been residing on the fourth floor of the six-storey building. The total number of inhabitants of that flat was believed to be around seven.

RAB members cordoned off the house following information about the suspect from two alleged members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), both detained from a house at Elenga in Kalihati upazila of Tangail late Monday night.

Earlier, big and recurring explosions and gunshots rocked last night at the suspected militants hideout and RAB personnel were waiting there for expecting surrender of some of the members of the banned militant outfit.

The security personnel had been cordoned off the den for last three days.

Meanwhile, several fire fighting units rushed to the spot and are trying to douse the blaze, Khan added.

Earlier in the day, the RAB spokesperson said one of the militants, Abdullah communicated with them and agreed to surrender by 8 pm. Accordingly, RAB took preparation to recover the explosives stockpiled in the den.

“But, the explosions and gunshots were heard there at around 9.45pm”, said Khan.

RAB personnel surrounded a six-storey house at Mazar Road under Darus Salam Police Station following information extracted from two militants arrested from Tangail.

The militants exploded several bombs soon after the RAB personnel cordoned the house where seven persons including one of the top most militant Abdullah, his two wives, two children and two accomplices are believed to be staying.

Abdullah, who joined the militancy, has long been staying in the house in guise of IPS (instant power supply) maker.

Huge quantity of explosives including 50 IED bombs and acid might have been stockpiled in the house, RAB official said adding that 65 residents including 15 children, 24 women, and 26 men of 23 flats out of 25 of the house have been taken out and its gas, electricity and sewerage lines have also been severed.

RAB also suspected that militant Abdullah might have a pistol.