Three members of Neo-JMB, an ultra-radical offshoot of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were arrested from the capital’s Gabtoli area on Wednesday night.
The trio — Md Abdullah, 24, Shafikul Islam alias Mollaji, 38, and Musatafa Hosen Arif, 25, — were arrested around 8:30pm, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).“Acting on an information that militants had been advancing towards the capital from a northern district by bus to carry out subversive activities, the CTTC unit of police conducted a drive in the neighbourhood,” he said.
The arrestees were communicating with each other through various apps to secure encryption of their information, the DMP official said.
“All of the arrestees are former members of the main stream JMB and they were converted into Neo-JMB through Sohel Mahfuz alias Haatkata Mahfuz,” a CTTC official said.
Mahfuz is an accused in several cases, including that of Gulshan café attack, he further said.
Just four days ago, the CTTC unit of police arrested two militants having links with recent bomb attacks on police in Gulistan and Science Laboratory areas from Mohammadpur.
The arrestees belong to banned militant outfit JMB. They were identified as Mehedi and Abdullah. Both studied mechanical engineering at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) from where they got themselves involved in JMB activities.