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CTTC: Arrested New JMB men planned sabotage in Dhaka

  • Published at 12:42 pm October 17th, 2019

In the interrogation, they also confessed to planning a sabotage against the government and the state

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has said the new faction of banned  militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) is planning a sabotage in Dhaka.

DMP Deputy Commissioner (DC) (media) Masudur Rahman on Thursday said this after three suspected members of New JMB were arrested from Gabtoli bus stand on Wednesday.

A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested them after conducting a raid around 8:30pm on Wednesday.

The arrestees are Md Abdullah, 24, Shafiqul Islam alias Mollazi, 38 and Mostafa Hossain Arif, 25.

A case has been filed against them at the Darussalam police station in Dhaka.

New JMB have been coming to Dhaka from a district in North Bengal to plot anti-government activities, the DMP DC said.

According to CTTC sources, during the primary interrogation, the arrestees told them that they were all members of old JMB. Later, they got initiated into the New JMB through Sohail Mahfouz, a defendant in multiple cases, including the Gulshan Holey Artisan case.

In the interrogation, they also confessed to planning a sabotage against the government and the state.

They were communicating with members of JMB and various international terrorist organizations, using various apps and “secret texts” on their mobile phones, the sources added.

The arrestees also said they joined the New JMB during a meeting in front of Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital beside Mahananda River at the end of 2017 through Mohsin and Badrul.

Some other names also came up during the interrogation.

CTTC officials said the arrestees Mollazi and Arif along with other associate of New JMB Shahin Alam alias Alamin, Ziaur Rahman alias Mohsin, Arif Kabir, Zahirul alias Mamunur Rashid, Harun and several other went to India for armed training at different times.

They also said they joined Indian militants in various states of Jharkhand, Kerala and received training in bomb-making and weapons-handling.

While Ziaur Rahman, Mamun and Al Amin were arrested by the Indian police on June 2019, the rest fled to Bangladesh.

The New JMB members returned to the country and organized their activities through the arrested Abdullah, the CTTC officials added.

Ziaur Rahman alias Mohsin is an accused of Salman alias Tarek murder case who was killed in an internal conflict of JMB in Bandarban, back in 2012.

Meanwhile, Zahirul was a fugitive and convicted of Mohammadpur college teacher Krishna Kaberi Bishwas murder case.