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Police: Moulvibazar detainees belong to Imam Mahmuder Kafela militant group

  • Chief of the organization detained among others 
  • Police received information about the new organization a week ago 
Update : 12 Aug 2023, 05:02 PM

Ten people detained from a suspected militant hideout in the remote hilly area of Kulaura in Moulvibazar are members of a new militant organization, “Imam Mahmuder Kafela,” according to the police.

Mohammad Asaduzzaman, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told the media after the operation.

 He said that 10 militants including the chief of the new organization were detained in the four and a half hour operation named “Operation Hillside.”

The militants who had sheltered in the hideout are active members of the organization, added the CTTC chief.

“A week ago I got news that there is a hideout of this new extremist organization somewhere in Moulvibazar district. On Friday, we confirmed through intelligence activities that they are hiding in East Tattiuli, a remote hilly area of Kulaura Upazila,” he added.

There were three children with them as well, he said.

The photo shows a militant hideout in the remote hilly area of Kulaura in Moulvibazar raided by the members of CTTC on Saturday, August 12, 2023. Photo: Dhaka Tribune

The detainees are Shariful Islam, 40, Hafiz Ullah, 25, Khairul Islam, 22, Meghna, 17, Meghna’s 12-month-old daughter Abida, Shapla Begum, 22, her 18-month-old daughter Jubeda and six-year-old son Huzaifa, Maisha Islam, 20, Sanzida Khatun, 18, Amin Begum, 40, and Habiba Binte Shafiqul, 20.

The agency recovered 2.5kg of explosives, 50 detonators, training manuals, commando boots and other training equipment, knives and other sharp weapons including rams, Tk3.61 lakh in cash and gold ornaments from the hideout, according to Moulvibazar police.

Local police cordoned off the house at 8pm on Friday on suspicion of it being a militant hideout.

Later, after the arrival of the CTTC, the operation started at 7am on Saturday 

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the DMP also joined the CTTC team in its operation.

Md Asaduzzaman said: "We initially came to know that they were living on 50 decimal of the land, which they had bought, on a hill in Kulaura to build a militant hideout there. We had information that many others were at this hideout. We will be able to bring everyone under the law soon.”

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