Five militant suspects and a fireman were killed during a search operation at their den at Godagari in Rajshahi that law enforcers busted on Friday.
Police said the anti-militancy operation codenamed “Sun Devil” started on Thursday and ended on Friday.
Shortly after the crackdown, the law enforcers recovered the bodies of the militants from the hideout at Benipur and sent them to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital for postmortems.
The five militants were identified as Sazzad Hossain, 50, his wife Belly, 40, son Al-Amin, 25, daughter Karima Khatun, 17, and aide Ashraful. The firefighter was Abdul Matin, 45.
Sazzad’s another daughter, Sumaiya, along with her two children — Zubayer and Atia — surrendered to police in response to their call. They were kept in police custody.
They were killed in a suicide blast and gunshots on the den premises on Thursday morning, a police officer said.
Sazzad, owner of the tin-shed house, is said to be the father-in-law of a suspected militant, Jahurul, now in police custody.
On Thursday morning, some of the “militants” came out of the den and stabbed the fireman engaged in spraying the house with water to hydrate explosives, leaving him dead.
One of the assailants was said to have been wearing suicide vest.
Ashraful, an IT expert and a resident of Sadar upazila in Chapainawabganj, came to meet Sazzad, locals said.
Ashraful and Al-Amin were top-ranking militants, police sources said.
Additional Deputy Inspector-General of Rajshahi police range Nisharul Arif formally announced the drive complete at a press briefing at around 12:45pm.
He said law enforcers recovered 11 bombs, a pistol, two rounds of bullets, a magazine and gunpowder from the den.
No one was found alive or dead at the militant den during Friday’s operation, said Sumit Chowdhury, additional superintendent of police in Rajshahi.
A team of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) reached the spot on Friday for conducting an investigation. The bomb disposal unit disposed bombs around 9:30am.Acting on information, lawmen cordoned off the house early Thursday and started the raid. Several rounds of gunshots were heard during the drive.
An SWAT team reached the spot on Thursday night for recovering explosives and the bodies of the ‘militants’.
So far, law enforcers busted half a dozen militant dens in the country as part of their crackdown against militancy. Over a dozen militants were killed in the drives.
They are hunting for militants after a deadly terror strike on a Gulshan café in the capital left about 20 people, mostly foreigners.