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Bangladesh Raids Militant Leader's Hideout, Nine Detained


Bangladeshi officials say security forces have detained nine people following a raid on a house where a leader of a radical Islamic group is believed to be hiding. The nine include his wife and children.

The officials say some 500 members of the Rapid Action Battalion elite force are taking part in the operation in the northeastern city of Sylhet which is targeting Shaikh Abdur Rahman. Rahman is the head of the banned Jamayetul Mujahedin Bangladesh group, blamed for some 400 bomb blasts across the country last year that have killed more than 25 people.

They say the agents used tear gas and water to flush out the wanted terrorist and that a huge quantity of explosives are believed to be inside the house.

Zahurul Alam has more on the story.

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