The Bangladesh Army began Operation Twilight to neutralise militants holding out at a 5-storied apartment complex (Atia Mahal) in Sylhet since 24 March 2017. Militants were all neutralised, however operation remains ongoing to dispose of IED’s left inside the building by the deceased terrorists.
Updates [Last update 28/03/2017 07:10 BDST]
- IED’s being cleared by EOD teams belonging to the Army
- Three male and one female terrorist neutralised by Bangladesh Army Paracommandos
- Two terrorists body including a female militants corpse recovered, other two wearing suicide vests remain inside the building
- Army takes control of Atia Mahal
- 2 Police personnel KIA (initial response)
- 4 civilians killed by terrorists in diversionary bomb attack near the den
- RAB intelligence chief seriously injured, airlifted to Singapore for treatment
- 40+ civilians injured
- No Army casualties
- 79 civilians rescued
- Rocket launchers, anti-material rifles, sniper rifles, CS gas and APCs used by Army
- Terrorists armed with small arms, IEDs, all wearing suicide vests, appear to be well trained
- Terrorists rigged the apartment complex with IEDs at locations to prevent incursion by Army Special Forces
- 3 km area under Army cordon
- Section 144 imposed by the local government within 5 km of the Sylhet militant den – It shall continue until operation concludes.
- Operation ongoing – Search for IEDs and any more terrorists underway
Exclusive video footage of Bangladesh Army Paracommando Special Forces during the operation.
Army troops surveying the militant den.
Bangladesh Army Paracommandos rescue the trapped civilians from the apartment complex.
Bangladesh Army Military Police (MP) personnel can be seen escorting the civilians to safety.
Bangladesh Army’s Paracommando personnel take women and children to safety.
A woman with an infant is seen being escorted to safety by an Army Paracommando battalion operative.
Bangladesh Army Paracommandos surrounded Atia Mahal.
Bangladesh Army troops from the 17 Infantry Division secure the perimeter around the militant den.
Bangladesh Army Paracommando’s can be seen with locals during the operation.
An Army BTR-80M armoured personnel carrier was used to break through the compounds wall for allowing better field of fire for troops.
Bangladesh Army Paracommandos have surrounded the Atia Mahal residential complex sheltering terrorists.