9 suspected militants shot dead in Dhaka raid

Their clothing and other evidence shows it is likely that they belong to local banned group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh

9 suspected militants shot dead in Dhaka raid

In one of the major raids after the Dhaka cake attack, the Bangladesh police on Tuesday morning killed nine suspected militants in the capital city and seized communication devices and jihadi books after a two hour-long gunfight.

The police raided a five-story building and some militants were also arrested in the raid with explosives and grenades, Xinhua news agency reported.

Officials said the militants fired and hurled hand-made grenades as policemen and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members stormed the hideout about 5.30 a.m in the city's Kalyanpur area.

Inspector General of Police A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque said, according to a report in foxnews.com, officials were still investigating to see which group the men belonged to, but their clothing and other evidence showed it was likely that they belonged to local banned group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, or JMB. The group is blamed for a July 1 attack in Dhaka's Gulshan diplomatic area, in which 20 people, including an Indian, were killed when armed gunmen attacked a restaurant.