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Army ends Operation Twilight

The Daily Dawn

Bangladesh Army on Tuesday evening ended the Operation Twilight conducted by its para commandos at a den of extremists at Shibbari of Sylhet.

Military intelligence director Brigadier General Fakhrul Ahsan announced the closure of the operation in the night after a four-day drive at the hideout where four extremists were killed.

‘We concluded the operation and handed over the Atia Mahal to police considering it as a crime scene,’ he said while briefing reporters at Jalalabad Cantonment in Sylhet.

Earlier army para commandos and their bomb disposal units used drones to detect bombs and defusing those at Shibbari's Atia Mahal of Dakkhin Surma in Sylhet.

Amid the disposal drive, locals heard the sounds of four explosions around 2:00pm on Tuesday as the joint force’s operation continued for the 5th day at the suspected den of extremists.

Earlier in the day, police primarily identified two of the four bodies of extremists, found at the hideout on Monday, as of Morjina and Kawser Ali.

A source at Sylhet Metropolitan Police, requesting anonymity, said two of the extremists rented the house introducing themselves as Morjina and Kawser. Morjina also submitted a copy of her national identity card.

However, police are now verifying their identities.

Meanwhile, a four-member medical team, led by Shamsul Alam of Osmani Medical College and Hospital, completed the autopsies on the bodies of the two extremists, including the woman, this afternoon.

Besides, the army commandos recovered the bodies of two other suspected extremists from the building in the morning.

A bomb disposal unit later removed suicidal vests from their bodies, said SMP additional commissioner Rokon Uddin, adding that the process for handing over the bodies to police is underway.

The bodies of the four extremists, including three of men and one of a woman, were found at the extremist hideout on Monday evening. Two of the bodies were handed over to police.

Ten people, including four extremists and two police officials, were killed and at least 40 people injured in the incidents, including a bomb blast near Atia Mahal during an operation on a suspected extremist den.

The Army-led operation, ‘Twilight', began on Saturday morning although police launched the raid on the extremist den early Friday.

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