widenews desk: About seventy members of 28 families have rescued on 25 March by a successful operation of army commandos from confined ‘den of militants’ in a building at Shibbari in Dakkhin Surma upazila.
After about 30-hour siege to the ‘militants’ den’ by joint forces , a team of Para Commando Battalion of Bangladesh Army, led by GOC Major General Anwarul Momen, launched operation, ‘Twilight’, in the building named ‘Atia Mahal’ around 8: 46am, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (Media) of SMP Jedan Al Musa.
The team rescued all the 69 residents of the building in three phases from 10:30 am to 12:15 am and kept them in a school in the area.
Besides, the journalists have been removed one kilometer away from the building.
A team of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit reached the spot around 4pm on Friday from Dhaka. Another team of Para-Commando Battalion of Bangladesh Army had also been there around 8pm on Friday to join the drive.
Later, the joint forces comprising district police, and members of SWAT, including a five-member bomb disposal unit, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the Army commandos started the preparations to enter the five-storey building named ‘Atia Mahal’.
Besides, police, members of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), Detective Branch (DB) of police, City Special Branch (SB), Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) and other law enforcement also are also there.
Meanwhile, police evacuated 70 people from a building adjacent to ‘Atia Mahal’.