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Two militants linked to cafe siege killed in Dhaka raid

DHAKA: Two militants linked to the Islamist extremist group behind July’s Dhaka cafe siege that left 22 people dead were killed on Saturday after Bangladesh police raided a hideout in the capital, officials said.

Security forces, acting on a tip, besieged a flat in Dhaka’s Dakshinkhan neighbourhood for more than 12 hours, with the operation coming to an end at around 4pm after officers exchanged gun-fire with the militants, police said.

A child was also injured when one of the militants, a woman who was holding the child, exploded a vest she was wearing.

“Two extremists were killed including a woman who detonated a suicide vest,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Masudur Rahman said.

He said the two were members of a faction of the JMB (Jamayetul Muja­hideen Bangladesh), the banned extremist outfit blamed for a wave of attacks including the July 1 massacre at a Dhaka restaurant in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed.

Dhaka police chief Asaduzzaman Mia said the female militant exploded the vest in an attempt to target the security forces.

courtesy : dawn news

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