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Red Cross staff among 7 suspected militants held in Chattogram

Update : 14 Apr 2018, 10:03 PM
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested seven members of a newly formed militant group, Deen Force Extreme, from Kazir Deuri area in Chattogram city. They have been identified as Md Mahiuddin Tamim, 29, a student of Premier University, Chittagong;  Md Afzal Hossain, 21, of Chittagong University; Md Iman Khan, 27, of Open University; Daud Nabi Palash, 28, an assistant engineer of Premier Cement Mills in Chattogram; Chowdhury Mohammad Ridwan, 27, a former student of North South University; SM Zawad Zafar, 26, an assistant executive of YoungOne Garments; and Md Muntasirul Meher, 26, a field officer of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). At a press conference on Friday, Mimtanur Rahman, assistant director (media) of RAB-7, said Deen Force Extreme was affiliated with the Middle East-based militant group Islamic State. After being informed that members of the new militant outfit were trying to conduct subversive activities in the Hafez Mohammad Waqf Stand Mosque area, a RAB team conducted a drive there on Friday around 6pm and arrested the seven, he said. “They opened two WhatsApp groups called ‘Deen Force Extreme’ and ‘Ikhwan’ and posted jihadi videos and pictures in social media,” he added. The RAB team also seized a large number of jihadi books, three laptops and two motorcycles from their possession. During a primary interrogation, the arrestees confessed that they had been promoting jihadi videos, including those of torture on Muslims in different countries, through the two WhatsApp groups, Mimtanur added.
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