Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two suspected members of Ansar al-Islam from Narayanganj's Siddhirganj and Dhaka's Rampura area.
The arrestees are Sayed Rayhan Kabir alias Rayhan alias Babu alias Nayem alias Syko Marshal, 28, and Md Faysal Rahman alias Moyaj alias Abu Dujana, 29.
RAB claimed that both are active members of Ansar al-Islam (known as Ansarullah Bangla Team).
RAB 11 Senior Assistant Director Shakil Ahmed confirmed the arrests and said acting on a tip-off, RAB conducted a raid at Signboard area in Shiddhirganj and arrested Rayhan around 3:15am on Tuesday.
“We found local weapons, jihadi books and leaflets from his possession.”
“Later we interrogated Rayhan and found out that another militant named Faysal was in Rampura area. Another team of RAB carried out a drive and arrested Faysal,” he added.
Shakil Ahmed said Rayhan became involved in Ansar al-Islam in 2013 through a man named Rahat.
“He got military training and has been working as a coordinator for the group in Narayanganj and Dhaka's Rampura and Banasri area. He has also collected members and donations for the organisation,” he said.
Faysal completed his BBA from a private university in 2011. He was an active member in Hizb ut-Tahrir from 2005 to 2012. Then he joined Ansar al-Islam through Rayhan and he was collecting members and donations in different areas of Narayanganj and Dhaka.
Legal procedures have begun against them, he said.