The police in Dhaka say that the building was being used as a hideout by the militants. Based on concrete intelligence inputs the police stormed the building and killed nine militants.
The police in Dhaka say that the militants were wearing turbans and had backpacks. As the police entered the building, the militants began chanting Allahu Akbar and shot at the officers.
The police suspect that the militants had gathered at the building and were plotting a major attack on the lines of the Gulshan strike. The police however, managed to foil the plot thanks to concrete intelligence inputs.
While the police managed to kill nine militants, one was captured alive and is being treated for injuries at hospital. He has been identified as Hassan. One more person has been taken into custody.
The police are now collecting evidence from the building. While it appeared that the militants had pledged allegiance to the ISIS, police say that they could be home grown terrorists part of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh.
The police have briefly questioned Hassan who is in hospital. He told them he used to work as a cook and joined militancy a year back. He further said that he was part of the ISIS.
The police say that after receiving the tip off they formed a team and reached the building early on Tuesday morning. The area was cordoned off completely to reduce the risk of casualties. The bomb disposal squad was called in, following which the operation commenced at around 5 am..