Three held at ‘militant den’ with suicidal vest, bombs in Rajshahi

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Rajshahi, June 12: Police in a drive detained three people from a suspected militant den in Dangapara village under Tanore upazila in Rajshahi district early Monday.

The three detainees are Ramzan Ali’s sons Ibrahim Hossain (26) and Israfil Hossain (24) and son-in-law Rabiul Islam (25). All three are connected to militant groups, Choudhury said.

Sumit Chowdhury, additional superintendent of police in Rajshahi said that police detained them Sunday midnight. Meanwhile, the law enforcers recovered two suicidal vests, five rounds bullet, a pistol and a magazine from their home.

Earlier, detectives from Bogra and Rajshahi cordoned off the house around 12:00am. Later, nine people including four children surrendered to the law enforcers.

A powerful explosive and bomb-making materials were found at the house, Choudhury said. It is currently cordoned off.

Ramzan and his family have been fasting and holding Eid celebrations according to Saudi Arabia’s schedule for the past ten to twelve years, Pachanda Union Ward – 8 member Monjurul Islam Monju told bdnews24.com.

“This year they also began fasting a day early, in keeping with Saudi Arabia’s schedule. Last year Ramzan Ali and his wife Ayesha went for Hajj.”

The UP member said Ibrahim and Israfil were educated in a madrassa.

“Ibrahim runs a fertiliser and insecticide selling outlet out of his home. Israfil farms.”

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