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CTTC arrests three suspected New JMB militants over Panthapath hotel bombing

  • Published at 04:03 pm November 11th, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:09 pm November 11th, 2017
CTTC arrests three suspected New JMB militants over Panthapath hotel bombing
The Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police has arrested three suspected members of a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (otherwise called New JMB) over bombing on a hotel at Panthapath in Dhaka. Abu Turab Khan, 56, and his wife Sadia Hosna Lucky, 46, and the couple's daughter Tazrin Khanom Shubho, 29 were arrested from a Gulshan residence on Friday around 9:30pm. CTTC said the trio used to collect money from different sources and supply it to the New JMB. DMP Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Mannan confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune, saying Akram Hossain Niloy, one of the most notorious leaders of the militant outfit and son of Turab Khan, was the mastermind of Panthapath hotel bombing. Niloy, who is now on the run, influenced his family to join the militant group, the official added. A member of New JMB blew himself up on August 15 at Hotel Olio International at Panthapath, situated only about 300m away from the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum. The incident took place just three hours after President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other high-ups of the government had paid respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the museum in Dhanmondi on the occasion of National Mourning Day.