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4 suspected militants killed in Bangladesh raid

  • A Bangladeshi policeman evacuates a family after cordoning off the area where suspected militants were holding up, in Sitakunda in Chittagong district of Bangladesh, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Several suspected militants from a banned Islamist group were killed during a police raid on a building in southeastern Bangladesh, police said Thursday. (AP Photo)

    A Bangladeshi policeman evacuates a family after cordoning off the area where suspected militants were holding up, in Sitakunda in Chittagong district of Bangladesh, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Several suspected militants from a banned Islamist group were killed during a police raid on a building in southeastern Bangladesh, police said Thursday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi policemen cordon off the area during a raid on a building where suspected militants were holding up, in Sitakunda in Chittagong district of Bangladesh, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Several suspected militants from a banned Islamist group were killed during a police raid on a building in southeastern Bangladesh, police said Thursday. (AP Photo)

    Bangladeshi policemen cordon off the area during a raid on a building where suspected militants were holding up, in Sitakunda in Chittagong district of Bangladesh, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Several suspected militants from a banned Islamist group were killed during a police raid on a building in southeastern Bangladesh, police said Thursday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Police say four suspected militants from a banned Islamist group were killed during a police raid on a building in southeastern Bangladesh.

Senior police official Shafiqul Islam said Thursday that they had completed an overnight operation after cordoning off the building where the suspects used to stay in Sitakunda in Chittagong district.

He said one suspect possibly belonging to Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh was killed by police fire and three others died when they exploded bombs or grenades inside an apartment during the raid. Their details were not immediately clear.

Bangladesh has experienced a surge in attacks by suspected militants in recent years. In a July attack, 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed in a restaurant in the nation's capital.