Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained five suspected members of a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) from Dhaka’s Jatrabari and Badda areas, on Monday night.
The detainees are Oliuzzaman alias Oli, 28, an engineer at a multinational company, Anwarul Alam, 29, a coaching centre teacher, Saleh Ahmed Sheesh, 22, Abul Kashem, 27, and Md Mohon Mohsin, 20.
The elite force claimed they foiled their attempt to attack a government building/establishment in Dhaka.
“The five had been planning to conduct an attack on a government establishment in the capital,” said Additional Deputy General (Operations) Colonel Anwar Latif Khan of RAB at their headquarters, on Tuesday.
He, however, did not disclose the name or location of the targeted establishment to avoid public panic.
“We are looking for two more JMB men Munir and Salman who were instructed to carry out the attack,” said Col Anwar.
RAB claimed Oliuzzaman was JMB’s IT expert and has allegedly been running JMB’s IT cell in Mirpur and Kafrul for about a year.
He also trained other JMB men in IT and how to use social media, said Col Anwar.
Oliuzzaman’s friend and another BUET graduate Anwarul is apparently an explosives specialist according to RAB ADG.
The arrestees during the initial interrogation admitted to their involvement with JMB while RAB found that they were actively spreading communal propaganda on social media, said RAB-10 Operation Officer Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Kamrul Hasan.
According to RAB, the detainees belong to New JMB’s Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and Sarwar Jahan faction.
“The absconding members of JMB’s Sarwar-Tamim faction is trying to regroup and conduct further subversive activities across the country,” said Col Anwar. Books promoting religious extremism and explosives were recovered from their possessions.
A case has been filed against the five with the Kotwali Thana under the Anti-Terrorism (amendment) Act 2013 and a Dhaka Court has sent them to jail setting March 28 for their 10-day remand hearing.