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3 Neo-JMB men arrested with bomb materials

3 Neo-JMB men arrested with bomb materials

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Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has arrested three members of the banned militant group "Neo-JMB" along with bomb making materials from the city's Kafrul area.

 Additional Commissioner of DMP and Chief of CTTC Md Asaduzzaman disclosed it at a press briefing at DMP media centre.

 He said a team of the CTTC's Bomb Disposal Unit conducted a special operation, and arrested three Neo-JMB men, including the head trainer of its military wing who is also a bomb expert.

The arrestees are-Md Zahid Hasan alias Raju alias Ismail Hasan alias Forkan, Saiful Islam Maruf alias Bashira and Md Rumman Hossain Fahad alias Abdullah, the CTTC chief said.

 Asaduzzaman said during the operation, the CTTC team recovered explosives, covered GI pipes, remote control devices, iron balls, three mobile phones and one tab used in organizational work from their possession.

 On preliminary interrogation, Zahid Hasan said that he had completed honours in chemistry from Jahangirnagar University but could not obtain masters degree due to involvement in the militancy, Asaduzzaman added.

 Zahid joined the organization in 2016 being inspired by the then Amir of the new JMB, Musa, through an online ID called 'Mufti of the White House'.

 Later, the Neo-JMB appointed him as a trainer of the military branch for his expertise in chemistry and courage, the CTTC chief said. He said now the Neo-JMB became weakened organizationally as its top leaders have been arrested ,and some were killed in a series of raids by the CTTC and the law enforcement agencies.

Zahid, who was caught yesterday, went into hiding to avoid arrest. But again he took initiative to reorganize the organization under the leadership of the new Amir.

Neo-JMB Zahid also held meeting at Rohingya camps several times for expanding the organization's activities, Asaduzzaman added.

Zahid also received karate training from the Mirpur Indoor Stadium under Bangladesh Karate Federation to increase his physical fitness, he said.

The CTTC chief informed that Zahid had a plan to make IEDs with explosive from a big chemical supply company.