Police officials said on Saturday that recent operations in Rajshahi confirmed that suspected extremist who used to coordinate Islamic State-inspired faction of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh after the death of Bangladeshi-Canadian Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury was killed in recent raid on extremists’ den in Moulvibazar.
Police headquarters’ counter terrorism operation coordinator Md Moniruzzaman said that they were confirm that JMB faction coordinator Moinul Islam Musa was among the three people found killed after a raid on a suspected den of extremists at Barahat in Moulvibazar town on March 31 and April 1.
He said that they revealed the information during interrogation of a number of suspected extremists arrested in operations in Rajshahi, Natore and Chapainwabganj in the past couple of days.
Four suspected extremists were killed at Atia Mahal in four-day Operation Twilight in Sylhet in March.
After the Operation Twilight, police officials said that Musa was among the people killed during the operation and his mother Sufia Begum, step brother Khairul Islam and sister Kamrun Nahar were taken to Sylhet to identify his body and samples were collected for DNA tests.
In latest operation codenamed ‘Sun Devil’ at a suspected den of extremists in Rajshahi on Thursday and Friday, five suspected extremists – Sajjad Ali, 50, his wife Beli, 40, their son Al Amin, 23, and their daughter Karima, 28, and one Ashraful Islam – and a fire fighter were killed.
The post-mortem examinations of the five suspects were conducted at Rajshahi Medical College Friday evening.
Of the five suspects, two blew up themselves while it was not clear whether the rest three were shot dead or died from explosions, Godagari police station officer in-charge Hifzul Alam Munshi.
Rajshahi Medical College forensic department assistant professor Enamul Haque said that there were injury marks of bombs and burn in the bellies of Sajjad and Ashraful. He suspected that they were carrying bombs.
There were also marks of injuries of both bombs and bullets in the rest three bodies, he said.
A Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit official said that Ashraful hailed from Chapainawabganj and graduated from Godagari College.
Ashraful was a kinder garden teacher and went into hiding in December 2016, the officials said, adding that they believed he used to prepare explosives.
Hifzul Alam said that the bodies were buried at Tikapara graveyard by Quantum Foundation as their family earlier refused to take the bodies.
Sub-inspector Naimul Islam filed a case with Godagari police station against a number of people.
Inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Haque said on Saturday that a total of 65 extremists had been killed in the past 15 anti-extremist operations across the country.
The police chief made the statement while addressing a rally on community policing for drugs and extremism at Azad Balur Maath, a playground in Chakbazar area of Dhaka.
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