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Suspected HuJI militant killed in gunbattle

A suspected militant belonging to HuJI group was killed while two soldiers of elite RAB suffered bullet wounds in over an hour-long gunbattle at Maddhya Badda area.

world Updated: Dec 18, 2007 11:05 IST

A suspected militant belonging to Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islam (HuJI) group was killed while two soldiers of elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) suffered bullet wounds in over an hour-long gunbattle at Maddhya Badda area, reports said here on Tuesday.

The hour-long encounter at the densely populated area witnessed trading of at least 100 gunshots that left suspected militant Kamal, 24, dead and a RAB lieutenant and a soldier injured, the Daily Star reported.

"After trading over 100 rounds of bullets with the suspects, RAB arrested one of them," it said.

The gunfight broke out when, acting on a tip off, RAB troops raided the hideout where the suspects were living at a hired house, reports said.

The incident came two days after RAB said they have arrested one of the top leaders of the outfit, Madina Hujur, from western Benapole frontier bordering India.

"We have arrested a criminal and interrogating him to know whether they have any other identities," RAB Legal and Media Wing Director Commander SMAK Azad said.

Police last month arrested two top operatives of HuJI while Dhaka sought Interpol assistance to return two members of the outfit said to be in India to bring them to justice for a series of blasts killing over 40 in recent years.

HuJI is suspected for the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina that had left 24 people dead and the 2001 bomb attack during Bengali New Year celebrations at Ramna Batmul.

The outfit is believed to have carried out several other blasts including the 2004 grenade attack including one on Bangladeshi-born British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury while he visited a Muslim shrine in northeastern Sylhet.