Two ultras shot dead

DHAKA: Bangladesh police on Thursday shot and killed two suspected commanders from a banned Islamist militant group blamed for a deadly bomb blast on a Shi’ite shrine in Dhaka, officers said. Detectives raided a Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh hideout in the capital around midnight following a tip-off, triggering a shoot out with police. “Two militants were wounded as police fired back after the militants hurled a grenade and started shooting indiscriminately. They were declared dead after they were brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” a police statement said. One of the commanders named as Kamal, alias Hiron, was a suspect in the attack on Dhaka’s packed main Shiite shrine in October that left two dead and dozens injured. Deputy commissioner Sanwar Hossain said commanders Abdullah al Noman and Kamal were both prime suspects in the murder of a police constable at a check-post in November.