Bangladesh: Key JMB member reportedly killed in 'Operation Twilight'
Members of Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion cross a street after a bomber was killed in a blast at a police checkpoint at Dhaka Airport on March 24. Photograph: (AFP)
Bangladesh army has officially concluded "Operation Twilight", killing four suspected terrorists -- including Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh key member Mynul Musa -- in a militant den in northeastern Sylhet.
Police however, told WION that identities of the bodies cannot be confirmed. "None of the bodies have been identified," said Basudev Banik, deputy commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police.
Four explosions were heard during the day during the country's biggest counter-terror operation. Bomb disposal units attributed the explosions to diffusing the improvised explosive devices that they found inside the building.
The army had said that the militant den at the Shibbari residential neighbourhood was planted with improvised explosive devices which made it immensely difficult to maintain minimum casualty and damage.
The terrorists were highly trained and equipped, said Brigadier General Fakhrul Ahsan, director of Military Intelligence Unit.
"There may be other terrorist cells in Sylhet that were responsible for carrying out a simultaneous attack" only a few yards outside the militant den on March 25," said former Air Commodore Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury, a security analyst.
At least six persons were killed and 44 others injured in a bomb blast outside the militant den on March 25.
Police cordoned the building in Sylhet in the early hours on March 24 on information that Mynul Musa and other terrorists in possession of dirty bombs were staying there.
Locals said the suspected terrorists rented an apartment in the building in January.
The army was given the charge of carrying out the counter-terrorist operation on instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, keeping the safety of the civilians into consideration.
Bangladesh has witnessed a spike in terrorist attacks in March after a lull for eight months since terrorists attacked a cafe in Dhaka and a mosque in Sholakia shortly afterwards last July.
Security analysts said that these attacks will influence a defence pact that will be signed between Bangladesh and India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India next month.