Published:  01:48 AM, 09 September 2017

Keep constant vigilance over militants

Rapid Action Battalion Wednesday during its latest anti-terror drive recovered seven skulls and burnt human remains from a suspected militant hide-out in the capital's Mirpur area. The country's elite force raided the six-storey building where neo-JMB leader Abdullah had been living as a tenant with his two wives and two children, following which Abdullah along with his companions and family members in the house blew himself up instead of surrendering before the law enforcers. That our law enforcement agencies have become successful in neutralising a group of militants before they could carry out any subversive activity and cause serious harm to innocent people is yet another testimony to our law enforcers' good intelligence work.

It is worth mentioning here that about 80 suspected militants either died in police shooting or killed themselves by detonating suicide vests and more than 150 others got arrested during countrywide anti-terror drives since the tragic Holey Artisan Café attack in the capital's posh area of Gulshan in July 2016. These are commendable achievements on the part of our anti-terror agencies we would like to thank them for their sincere efforts to curb militant activities in the country.

But at the same time, we always hold the opinion that fanatics in the country, who have been nearly crushed following different successful anti-militant operations across the country, will continue to craft out terror plots and try to execute them in a bid to show their existence and reinvigorate their militant groups until they are exterminated completely. There always remains a possibility of their reuniting and regaining their strength, if any laxity is shown by the law enforcers.

The Mirpur incident and previous ones of this kind show the extent to which militants are willing to go to keep their unholy agenda buoyant. They have made it clear that they prefer killing themselves rather than getting captured alive by law enforcers. This is because they know it very well if they are caught alive, law enforcement agencies could extract crucial information about their activities by interrogating them.     

Therefore, we feel our anti-terror organizations have little room to feel complacent with the success attained so far. Instead, they need to be on their toes against the fanatics all the time so that they cannot recoup their strength but get annihilated from the country for good. We are happy our law enforcers are well aware of this fact. 

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