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Militants trying to reorganise

  • Special Correspondent
  • 27 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Activists of different banned militant outfits, including Ansarullah Bangla Team, Ansar-al-Islam and JMB, are reportedly trying to reorganise for carrying out acts of sabotage in the country afresh.

They are conspiring to carry out attacks on different government establishments, sources said.

Their blueprints had been highlighted recently after confessional statements given by several of their party activists arrested from different parts of the country.

But, their ill-motive had been foiled as they were netted by the members of the law enforcers, detective sources said.

Meanwhile, members of the anti-terrorism unit of police arrested a suspected member of the banned militant outfit “Ansarullah Bangla Team” from Sharifpur area in Gazipur on Wednesday night.

He was identified as Shariful Islam 19.

The arrestee is an active member of the banned militant outfit, police said.   

Members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducting an operation on Monday night arrested two suspected members of a banned militant outfit Ansar al-Islam with explosives and bomb-making equipment from the Khulna city.

The suspected militants have been identified as Nasim and Hasan.

In the face of the CID police interrogation, the arrestees disclosed that they had a blueprint to carry out subversive activities in the country. They were conspiring to carry out attacks on government establishments and law-enforcers, sources said.

The CID’s counter terrorism unit made the arrests on Monday night during a raid at the city’s Sonadanga area, said Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Tapas Karmakar.

According to the CID’s ASP Karmakar, the suspects said that they belonged to the outfit’s “military wing” and were responsible for making bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Police said the mobile phones seized from them contained Ansar al-Islam’s contents on jihad.

The suspects were also spreading extremism and anti-government contents in social media.

The suspects were involved in recruiting activists and raising funds as well as conspiring to carry out attacks on law-enforcers and government establishments, said investigators.

Recently, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested three members of the banned militant outfit Neo JMB.

Md Jahid Hasan alias Raju alias Ismail Hasan alias Furkan, a key explosives expert and chief of Neo JMB’s military wing, was arrested from Dhaka's Kafrul area along with two of his associates by a team from the bomb disposal unit.

The associates were identified as Saiful Islam Maruf alias Bashira, and Rumman Hossain Fahad alias Abdullah, said CTTC chief DMP Additional Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman. On June 30, Hasan's family arranged a press conference where they said he went missing on June 24 after he left his Mirpur house to go to the mosque.

“To avoid arrest, Hasan – who graduated with a degree in chemistry from Jahangirnagar University – went into hiding,” the CTTC chief said.

Hasan was born to a poor family in Barguna's Patharghata upazila and joined Neo JMB in 2016, according to the CTTC unit.

“Hasan had knowledge of bomb making as he was a student of chemistry and became the key explosives expert in a very short time. He has produced IEDs, remote-controlled bombs, and trained other members as well,” the CTTC chief said.

During initial interrogation, Hasan acknowledged that he had been involved in attacks on police and planting bombs in police boxes, DMP Additional Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman said.

Hasan also organized multiple meetings in Rohingya camps to expand the militant organization's activities, he added.

Saiful and Rumman had moved to the Bandarban area to receive military training. Saiful took part in several bombing missions, the CTTC unit chief said.