A three-member team of doctors on Wednesday began autopsy on the bodies of nine militants killed in a fierce battle with the lawmen in Kalyanpur neighbourhood at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Assistant Professor Shohel Mahmud of the forensic department said they began the autopsy at 11:30 a.m. local time, reports the Daily Star. Shohel Mahmud along with his colleagues Kabir Shohel and Prabir Biswas are conducting the examination. However, no case has yet been filed in connection with this case as the autopsy is on.
On Tuesday, a joint force drive in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur area named operation ‘Storm 26’ raided a five-storey building, neutralising nine suspected Islamic militants and arresting one after an overnight standoff.
During the raid, thirteen locally made grenades, around five kilograms of gel, 19 detonators, four 7.62 mm pistols, seven magazines of 7.62 mm pistols, 22 bullets, three commando knives and 12 guerrilla knives and two black flags with Arabic letters were found. Reports suggest the detainee claimed that he was a militant of the Islamic State, but Bangladesh’s Police chief said the terrorists belonged to the banned Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) outfit.
The Kalyanpur raid was the third attack in Bangladesh within a month including the Holey Artisan Bakery attacks that claimed the lives of 22 hostages and police men and the blasts outside country’s largest congregation for Eid, killing four and injuring over thirteen.
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The police said that the militants involved in the raid had a lot of similarities with those terrorists, who attacked Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone on July 1 and Sholakia Eidgah on Eid.