At least seven people, including two children, were killed on Sept. 6 as police in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka conducted a raid on an alleged militant hideout.
Members of the anti-terror Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) condoned off the area following a tip that a top extremist was holed up in an apartment building.
Abdullah, the alleged extremist, is thought to be a leader of Jamaat-ul-Mujahedin Bangladesh, a banned extremist outfit blamed for a series of deadly attacks in the country.
“Seven bodies recovered from the building were badly burnt and beyond identification,” Benzir Ahmed, RAB director-general told reporters.
“They refused to surrender and killed themselves by blasting bombs made of chemicals and explosives.”
Father Albert T. Rozario, convener of the Justice and Peace Commission in Dhaka Archdiocese, says sporadic killings of militants is not sufficient to combat extremism.
“Extremism is a global problem and Bangladeshi radicals are connected and inspired by transnational jihadists,” he said.
“Moreover, there is