RAB evacuates Mirpur Mazar Road building suspecting ‘militant hideout’

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Dhaka, September 5: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have cordoned off a house at Mirpur Mazar Road under Darus Salam Police Station in the capital suspecting it as a militant hideout.Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Shaheed Buddijibi Graveyard from 12am, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Unu Mong, also operation officer of Rab-4.

Locals said they heard the sounds of bomb explosions and gunfight from the house.

The Rapid Action Battalion or RAB has evacuated residents from a building in Mirpur’s Mazar Road where a suspected terrorist is hiding.

The elite police unit has been making calls asking the suspect to surrender, its spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan told media on Tuesday morning.

The man described as a ‘dangerous militant’ is holed up inside along with his family, he said without confirming their numbers.

A RAB official, who wished to stay anonymous, said the suspect’s name is ‘Abdullah’.

“We spoke on the phone with one suspect inside. We are continuing our communication. We have also successfully moved all residents to safety,” said Khan.

The residents have been evacuated to a school located near the building.

RAB has been surrounding the six-storey house at Darussalam Thana since midnight following a tip-off received from suspects detained in an earlier raid at Tangail’s Elenga.

Saqlain Russell, a presenter of a private TV channel My TV and a resident of the area, wrote on his Facebook account, “We [first] thought it was a transformer blast. But now it looks like it’s a bomb explosion. Our room soon got full of smoke while the glasses of the building adjacent to us have been shattered. Rab and police [members] have cordoned the area off. We’ve taken shelter between the flats in fear of a possible drive by law enforcers. We’re suspecting that something is happening in the next building. We’ve heard gunshots every now and then.”