Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested five suspected militants from Ansar al-Islam’s Askari faction and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Rajshahi and Dhaka.
Ismail Hossain, a trainer of militant outfit Ansar al-Islam, was arrested on Wednesday morning. He is the accused in a case filed with Dhaka Railway police station.
Confirming the matter, RAB 10 Additional Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohiuddin Faruki said: “Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team followed Ismail from Narayanganj to Gandaria rail station. Later, we detained him and confiscated some jihadi books and training manuals from his possession.”
Meanwhile, RAB-1 official Senior ASP Samira Sultana said they conducted a drive in the Kawla area of Dhaka after receiving a tip-off that a group was gathering there to plan subversive activities.
Although some managed to flee the scene, Nur Islam alias Arman and Iqbal Hossain were detained from the location, with 11 books containing extremist ideologies and anti-state propaganda also recovered, she added. Both the detained were 24 years of age.
Furthermore, according to a RAB 5 press release, a team of the elite force conducted drive at Kashiyanga in Rajpara Thana of Rajshahi on Wednesday afternoon, leading to the arrests of Ataullah Sarker, 23, and Moksedul Islam, 22.
Around 1kg of gun powder, 250g of soda, and various other bomb-making materials were recovered from their possession, the press release read.