At least one-fourth of banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members are former Jamaat-e-Islami members and are now involved in acts of destruction across the country, according to the Detective Branch of police.
The new members are also reportedly financing JMB's terror and criminal acts, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Joint Commissioner and DB chief Monirul Islam at the DMP media centre yesterday.
“JMB members are using the money to buy motorcycles, explosives and ammunition to commit crimes. Around 60-70 JMB members are now active but not all of them are operating,” Monirul told reporters.
“Some of them are in operation while the rest are involved in planning and other activities. Through their destructive acts, they want to be recognised as a terror outfit, such as the Islamic State, in Bangladesh.
“They make bombs outside of the capital. Rents of accommodations where they move in for committing crimes in an area are also coming from the fund provided by the ex-Jamaat members.”
Monirul said Kabir Hossain alias Rashed alias Ashiq, who was arrested on Wednesday for his involvement in the bomb attack on a Tazia procession in Old Dhaka, is a trained member of the suicide-squad backed by the JMB to carry out such destructive activities.
“Apart from Kabir, we think some more people are linked to the suicide squad. We will know this for sure if Kabir is put on remand for questioning,” said the DB official.
According to detectives, JMB members are mostly operating in Dhaka but also reside in some other areas such as Gazipur, Tangail, Bogra, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Satkhira.
Monirul said police now have the identities of those involved in the Tazia procession attack. “We are now looking for them.”