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Ansar al-Islam’s intelligence wing chief held in Chittagong

  • Published at 07:45 pm July 18th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:16 pm July 18th, 2018
Militant outfit Ansar al-Islam's intelligence wing chief Sheikh Abdullah Collected

Md Sheikh Abdullah is accused in several cases, including the ones filed over the murders of blogger and writer Avijit Roy and LGBT rights activist Xulhaz Mannan

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has arrested the head of the intelligence wing of Ansar al-Islam in Chittagong.

Caught during a raid around 12:30pm Tuesday, the man was identified as 27-year-old Md Sheikh Abdullah, who is also a shura (consultative council) member of the banned militant outfit.

He also goes by the names Jubayer, Jayed, Jabed and Abu Omayer, police said.

CTTC officials claimed Abdullah was an active member of militant group, and accused in the cases filed over the sensational murders of blogger and writer Avijit Roy, LGBT rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, and blogger Nazimuddin Samad.

Acting on a tip-off, a CTTC team had conducted the special raid in the east gate area of Chittagong Medical College Hospital and arrested him.

DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman on Wednesday told the Dhaka Tribune that, during primary interrogation, Abdullah admitted that he joined Ansar al-Islam in 2013.

He said that apart from being the head of the group’s intelligence wing, Abdullah recruited new members from Chittagong and other parts of the country.

Abdullah also provided information about the murders of Avijit, Samad, Xulhaz and Tonoy during interrogation, Masudur added.

Later on Wednesday evening, CTTC official Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam said Abdullah was remanded to their custody for four days after they presented him before a Dhaka court.

He added that Abdullah was very close to the group's top leader Syed Ziaul Haque, a sacked army major who is yet to be arrested. "Abdullah has given some important information already. We hope to get more information from him during further interrogation."