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Woman among 5 militants killed in Bangladesh police raids

Friday, March 17, 2017
By Anisur Rahman

Dhaka: Five Islamist militants, including a woman, were killed today when security forces stormed their hideouts in Bangladesh amid an intensified nationwide crackdown on extremists in the Muslim-majority country that has witnessed a spate of terror attacks.

"So far, we have found four bodies. Two of them were wearing suicide vests and died in the blast and two others died when hit by police bullets. The militants include a woman," Chittagong Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shafiqul Islam told reporters.

Police said, "the body of a seven-year-old child was also found on the staircase of the two-storey building as we were wrapping up the operation".
They suspect her to be the child of the woman militant as she was also found lying on the other part of the stairs.

Three policemen were injured when grenades were lobbed. The operation 'Assault 16' was jointly carried out by Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, Special Weapon and Tactic Team (SWAT), Rapid Action Battalion and Chittagong police in Sitakunda, about 264 kms south-east of Dhaka.

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