During a major operation, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered a total of 10 anti-tank rockets from the Satchhari National Park in Habiganj’s Chunarughat Upazila of Bangladesh.
RAB Legal and Media Wing Chief Mufti Mahmud Khan told the media that the operation, which was started on Friday evening, continued till Saturday evening.
The rockets, which were Chinese-made, were recovered from a bunker, said Khan as reported in bdnews24.com.
Khan reportedly said, “The 40mm high explosive rockets can strike and destroy tanks and cars from 1,500-metre distance.”
However, Khan could not ascertain about the militant or terrorist groups who had kept the rockets hidden.
He said that separatist groups in the border region might have kept the rockets hidden.
During the raid, a bunker was also discovered in the hills area of the national park.
Earlier also, the RAB personnel seized a large number of rocket launchers, machine guns, mortar shells and other explosives from Satchhari National Park.
The area from where the rockets were recovered borders with the Northeastern State of Tripura.
The RAB officials claimed as per the media report that the weapons might have belonged to an Indian militant group.
In 2014, a total of five raids were carried out by the RAB in the area bordering with Tripura. The bunker was found beneath a stable for goats during one of the raids.
The bunker contained 14 crates of explosives.
As per the report, three cases have been filed over the weapons seizures, but final reports have yet to be submitted due to the lack of identifiable suspects.
In 2016 also, the RAB carried out another raid. However, they found nothing during that raid.