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2 militants held in city

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Police arrested two militants, who hurled a remote-control bomb in front of a traffic police box at Signboard in Narayanganj on May 16, from the capital’s Jatrabari area on Sunday.

They are Shafiqur Rahman Hridoy alias Baitullah Mehsud alias Captain Khattab and Khalid Hasan Bhuyian alias Afnan.

Special Action Group of the CTTC unit held them and recovered 400 grams of explosives, three butane gas cans, one set remote-control device, four packets bearing balls, 10 Christmas bulbs, two black electric tapes,  a device of making IEED, and a pulsar motorcycle from them.

Md Asaduzzaman, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transitional Crime (CTTC) unit, briefed this to reporters at the DMP media centre on Monday. They were the members of Neo-JMB’s military section and bomb making technicians, he said.

On information police came to know that some members of the militant organisation gathered in Jatrabari area for carrying out sabotage.  Police rushed to the spot and arrested the duo, said

Asaduzzaman, also additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

The officer said that they came to know about Khattab and Afnan from another militant Abdullah Al Mamun, who was arrested from a militant den at Noagaon in Araihazar of Narayanganj on July 11.

As per directive of Neo-JMB Amir Mahadi Hasan Job alias Abu Abbas Al Bangali, the latest arrestees put the remote-control bomb in front of a traffic police box at Signboard in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj on May 16, he said.

They pressed button of the remote to blast the bomb, but it did not go off due to technical faults, the officer said, adding that later they left the scene leaving the remote beside a road.

Afterwards, police found the bomb and it was deactivated, he described.

The CTTC head went on to say that Khattab maintained the duty as captain of the outfit’s military section. He and Afnan learnt how to make bomb from another militant Jahid Hasan alias Forkan, a student of Chemistry Department   at Jahangirnagar University, and made the bomb, IEED, at the house of Mamun.

A case was filed against them with Jatrabari Police Station, he informed.

On the activities of militant outfits online, Asaduzzaman said that militancy activities online increased much more. He urged people not to be panic-stricken as police remained vigilant to thwart any ill attempt of the radicals.

Abdul Mannan, deputy commissioner of Special Action Group and Faruk Hossain, deputy commissioner of Media and Public Relations Division of the DMP were, among other officers, present at the press briefing.