The anti-militant operation at Sylhet militant den named “Operation Twilight” conducted by the army para commandos has been declared end formally on Tuesday evening.
Military Intelligence Director Brig Gen Fakhrul Ahsan in a formal press briefing at Sylhet Jalalabad Cantonment announced the closure.
“We concluded the operation and handed over the Atia Mahal to police considering it as a crime scene this afternoon,” Fakhrul Ahsan said the reporters.
During the drive at the militant hideout “Atia Mahal’ in Shibbari area in Dhakhin Surma upazila in Sylhet, four suspected militants were killed and around 10 explosives inside the building were defused.
The Army-led operation, ‘Twilight’, began on Saturday morning although police cordoned off the building on Thursday night and a joint force operation was launched on the militant den early Friday.
On Tuesday morning, Army Para Commandos and their bomb disposal units started detecting bombs using drones and defused those at ‘Atia Mahal’ after being confirmed the death of all militants hiding in the building.
Besides, the army commandoes recovered the bodies of two other suspected militants from the building in the morning. A bomb disposal unit later removed suicidal vests from their bodies, said SMP additional commissioner Rokon Uddin.
The bodies of the four militants, including three of men and one of a woman, were found at the militant den on Monday evening.
Two of the bodies were handed over to police.
A source at Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP), requesting anonymity, said two of the militants rented the house introducing themselves as Morjina and Kawser. Morjina also submitted a copy of her national ID card.
However, police are now verifying their identities.
Meanwhile, a four-member medical team, led by Dr Shamsul Alam of Osmani Medical College and Hospital, completed the autopsies on the bodies of the two militants, including the woman, this afternoon.
During the five-day militant incident ten people, including four militants and two police officials, were killed and at least 40 people injured.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh