Police unearth militant den in Mirpur, one held

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Dhaka, July 17: Police unearthed a den of militants linked with Gulshan cafe attack in city’s Shewrapara areas of Mirpur.

The law enforcers also detained Nurul Islam, landlord of the house for hiding tenant information.

A team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism unit conducted the raid at a house in the area on Saturday night and recovered a handmade grenade, a black outfit – similar to those as used by gunmen during the Dhaka siege, from a flat of the house.

“The owner, Nurul Islam, has been arrested. Police have found handmade grenade, black dresses and some other equipment from in the house,” Deputy Police Commissioner Masudur Rahman told reporters.

He added that the owner has been arrested for not heeding police’s instruction about collecting information about tenants while renting out houses or flats.

Police suspect that the militants who attacked in Gulshan Café resided in the house.

Hours before the raid at Mirpur, police had arrested the acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of North South University Professor M Gias Uddin Ahsan and two others on same charges from Dhaka’s Bashundhara Residential Area.

This is the second time a landlord has been held over the issue of hiding tenant information after Dhaka police introduced the mandatory provision from February.

On July 1, armed militants attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan`s diplomatic zone and killed 20 hostages — nine Italian, seven Japanese, two Bangladeshis, one Indian and one Bangladesh-born US citizen. Two police officers were also killed.

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