RAB raids 'militant hideout' in capital's Nakhalpara

Members of Rapid Action Battalion guard a street during an operation in Dhaka Bangladesh on Friday

Rab members cordon off a suspected militant hideout at West Nakhalpara in Tejgaon area of Dhaka on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Both the spokesman and local media said the alleged hideout was close to the office of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"We found three bodies at the end of our operation", Ahmed said.

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) are now conducting a raid at a suspected militant hideout at Nakhalpara in the capital.

"Jahid, who claimed to be employed by a private firm, shared a flat with six other people in the six-storey building named Ruby Villa".

Bomb disposal units of the law enforcers are working to deactivate the explosives kept at the den, our staff correspondent said.

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"They [the militants] had been living under pretence with people who had no connections with their organization in order to maintain a low profile", Mufti said.

He said they militants opened fire at the RAB officials and also hurled grenades.

The residents of the fourth-floor were hardly seen and the door and windows of the floor remained closed at all times, Parvej said.

Neo-JMB, an offshoot of the banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, was blamed for an attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery which killed 20 hostages, mostly foreigners.

Hasina's government says the militants' network has been weakened significantly after a security crackdown and the killings of more than 60 suspects including some top commanders since the restaurant attack.

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