5 suspected militants held

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) forces have arrested five suspected banned militant outfit ‘Ansar al-Islam’ in Dhaka on Thursday, report agencies.

They were apprehended in the capital's Jatrabari area on Thursday, said Saiful Islam, additional deputy commissioner of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police. The suspected militants have been identified as Shahin Alam Omar, 21, Saiful Islam, 18, Hamiduzzaman Biplob, 18, Afroza Begum, 55 and Al Mamun, 20.

Three machetes were recovered from their possession at the time of their arrest, said Saiful. “Acting on a tip-off, CTTC members arrested them from the capital’s Jatrabari area at around 7:30pm on Thursday,” he said adding that three machetes and several training book materials were also recovered from their possession.

Monirul said the arrestees were active members of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam. “After recruiting members, the outfit leaders took them to remote areas of the Sundarban to provide them trainings based on the ideology of Ansar Al Islam. Later, they brought them back to Dhaka to materialise their plans and targets,” he said.

They used to communicate with each other using Facebook messenger group, the police official further said. A case was filed against them in this connection with Jatrabari Police Station and they were produced before the court seeking 10-day remand prayer.