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Suspected Ansar al-Islam member held in Sylhet

  • Published at 09:57 pm February 13th, 2020
RAB officials presents arrested Ansar al-Islam member in front of the media Dhaka Tribune

The detainee is Shafayat Ahmed Chowdhury, a second-year student of Sylhet International University

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a suspected member of the banned militant outfit Ansar al-Islam, formerly known as Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), in Sylhet on Wednesday.

The detainee is Shafayat Ahmed Chowdhury, a second-year student of English Department at Sylhet International University.

Shafayat was arrested from Sagor Dighirpar area on Wednesday night, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Jahid Hasan of RAB 2 said on Thursday.

The battalion also recovered 15 books related to extremism, training manuals of militants, passports, mobile phones, laptops, video making equipment, and provocative leaflets from his possession.

"We detained him following information gleaned from three Ansar al-Islam members -- Abu Rayhan Limon, Saifullah Nayeem, and Nabil Chokder -- who were held in Munshiganj on January 1," the RAB official said.

"Shafayat is directly involved with the militant outfit as we have found evidence in this connection," he claimed. 

"He had a plan to commit subversive activities in Sylhet. We have taken legal action against him," he added.