Bangladesh Army commandos conduct an assault in Bangladesh's seaport city Chittagong, on March 27, 2017. Operation Twilight to flash out a militant den by joint forces led by Bangladesh Army Para-Commando Battalion on Monday spilled into its fourth day since Friday, leaving so far eight people including police officers and two militants dead. (Xinhua/Rabby)
DHAKA, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi army on Sunday claimed to have killed two suspected militants during a raid at a militant hideout in Sylhet city, some 240 km northeast of capital Dhaka, Brigadier Gen. Fakhrul Ahsan told journalists at a briefing.
Ahsan, spokesperson of the operation, said, "two militants have so far been killed inside. Several more militants still were active inside.
The operation "Twilight" on Sunday spilled into its third day since Thursday afternoon.
A senior Sylhet police official earlier said the militants rented the ground floor of a five-story building three months ago.
78 residents from adjacent houses have been evacuated to safe areas. Six people, including two policemen, were killed and dozens of others injured in two explosions Saturday near the militant hideout.
The Islamic State (IS) reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks which came after four suspected militants were killed as Bangladeshi law enforcers on Thursday stormed a militant hideout at Sitakunda on the outskirts of the country's seaport city Chittagong, some 240 km southeast of capital Dhaka.