Dhaka: Bangladesh’s military has said their operations to flush out Islamist militants from a five-storey building in Sylhet could last long as there are several more “well-trained operatives” inside the hideout.
Eight persons have been killed so far in the ‘Operation Twilight’. The military operation entered its fourth day in this northwestern city, about 236 km from the capital, Dhaka.
After a relative lull since last night, sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard today from the five-storey building in Sylhet. The military launched ‘Operation Twilight’ to flush out the militants from the hideout.
Locals said they could hear burst of automatic weapons and explosions once again after 6 am.
“We heard sporadic gunshots and explosions,” a resident in the northeastern city told PTI.
“There are several more well-trained operatives active inside the hideout,” Brigadier Gen Fakhrul Ahsan told a media in Sylhet.
He said that the assault was far from over and pointed to “considerable risks” involved in it.
Ahsan added that the militants were equipped with small arms, explosives and grenades and laid out booby traps at different corners of the building creating a situation which slowed down the operations progress at the building.
“The entire area has become risky. Considering the overall situation, it will take more time for the operation to complete,” he said. PTI