RAB have discovered a new militant organisation based in Chittagong, called Shaheed Hamza Brigade (SHB). RAB does not know details of the organisation, but they claim that the group has 25 members. And 24 of them have been captured. RAB-7 Chittagong commander Lt. Col. Miftah Uddin provided this information.
According to RAB, the militants formed the Shaheed Hamza Brigade at a meeting in a restaurant near Foy's Lake in Chittagong, towards the end of 2013. They motivate college and madrassa students to join the organisation by screening scenes of Muslims being oppressed in various countries around the world. They then take them to the hills for training in arms.
Lt Col Miftah said, “They had confiscated computers, laptops, and religious books, and picked up 12 suspected militants during a on Madrasatul Abu Bakr at Hathazari on 19 February. Based on their statements made while on remand, they launched an operation in Latmoni hill of Banshkhali on 21 February, and arrested five militants with arms and ammunition. As a part of this operation, a house in Basundhara of Chittagong's Halishahar was raised on 28 April and large amounts of bomb manufacturing materials were found, along with 76 hand bombs. Three persons were also arrested there. From the statements of the arrested persons, RAB found out about the new militant group Shaheed Hamza Brigade.”
After the raid on the 'militant training camp' on the Latmoni hill, RAB said that the organisation was run by two militants, Maulana Mobarak and Abdul Aziz. Details of the matter would be uncovered if they could be caught. On 7 January, though, Abdul Aziz as in Chittagong jail, in charges of committing acts of sabotage.
The RAB 7 commander said they were looking into whether this new militant group had ties with IS or any international militant group.