Bangladesh Islamists blow themselves up, ending standoff

2017-04-28 12:39


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dhaka - Four suspected Islamist fighters blew themselves up at a hideout in Bangladesh, ending a 24-hour standoff, police said Friday.

Police raided the house in the northern town of Shibganj late on Wednesday on a tip-off that extremists were hiding out there, triggering a tense standoff that ended with explosions and gunfire late on Thursday.

"The four militants from JMB blew themselves up with a bomb explosion," local police chief Mujahidul Islam told AFP, referring to the banned Islamist group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

"We asked them to surrender multiple times, but there was no response."

Islam said police had arrested the wife of one of the men, who was in custody with her 6-year-old daughter.

The Bangladesh government blames the JMB for a wave of deadly attacks against religious minorities and foreigners in the Muslim-majority country.

These include a major attack on a Dhaka café last year in which 22 people were killed, most of them foreigners.

The Islamic State group claimed that attack and several others, but Dhaka insists they were the work of homegrown Islamist groups.

Read more on:    bangladesh

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.