Two suspected female extremists surrendered to the members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, ending a two-day raid at Nilufa Villa at Gangpar, Madhabdi Municipal Town in Narsingdi district Wednesday afternoon.
They surrendered a day after two suspected members of a faction of banned Jammatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh were killed during a joint raid on an ‘extremist den’ at Shekherchar, Bhagirathpur, Narsingdi Sadar upazila, about two km from the suspected extremist den at Gangpar.
At around 3:00pm on Wednesday, CTTC chief Monirul Islam at a spot briefing declared that the ‘Operation Gordian Knot’ was over.
He said that two female extremist suspects from the sixth floor flat of the 7-storied building, Nilufa Villa, at Gangpar, Madhabdi, Narsingdi Sadar surrendered after 40 hours’ joint raid.
The surrendered female extremist suspects include Khadija and Mau, both students of Manarat University, he said, adding that they used to maintain communication with the two extremists who were killed at Shekherchar.
The CTTC chief said that after they surrendered both were arrested.
Since the morning, the law enforcers asked the suspected extremists to surrender over loudspeakers with the assurance that no harm would be done to them if they surrendered.
Police said that both the hideouts were cordoned off since 9:00pm on Monday and Section 144 was imposed in the area.
The police said that they had evacuated other flats in the building and the nearby buildings.
Locals said fire service and several ambulances stood by during the operation.
The CTTC chief on Tuesday afternoon announced end of operation at the Shekherchar ‘extremist hideout’ after a raid there that killed a couple who, the police said, were suspected members of banned extremist outfit Jammatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh.
Their identities could not be known as yet.
On October 5, two suspected extremists were killed in a blast during a raid by Rapid Action Battalion on their reported den at Zorarganj village under Mirsarai upazila in Chattogram.
On January 12, three suspected JMB operatives were killed in a raid by Rapid Action Battalion on an ‘extremist den’ at West Nakhalpara in the capital, close to MP Hostel.
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