Dhaka: Amid warnings that Islamist
militants may be trying to regroup in Bangladesh, security
forces arrested five alleged members of the outlawed terror
outfit Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from the country`s
Katiadi sub-division, a news report said on Wednesday.
The elite team of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) led
by Lieutenant Foyez arrested the five while they were holding
a secret meeting beside a mosque at Chariakona in the Katiadi
subdivision yesterday, the Daily Star newspaper said.
Those arrested were identified as Arif, 25, Kamal, 25,
Humayun Kabir,28, Mowlana Masud, 30, and Mujahid, 16, the
The police and paramilitary forces have carried out
massive anti-militancy operations across Bangladesh following
earlier warnings that Islamist militants may be trying to
Islamist militant outfits, including JMB and Harkatul
Jihad Islami (HuJI), have carried out a series of terrorist
attacks in the country to establish a sharia-based state,
leading to the death of hundreds of people in the last several
Six JMB kingpins, including its chief Shaikh Abdur
Rahman and second in command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, were
executed in 2007.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who survived a grenade
attack on August 21, 2004 when HuJI activists hurled 13
grenades at her rally, has underlined her government`s
determination to root out terrorism from the country.
Hasina has looked beyond her borders to tackle the
terror menace by floating the idea of a regional mechanism
involving all states in South Asia.
Media reports quoting experts earlier said that
Pakistan-based militant groups like LeT, Harkat-ul Mujahideen,
JeM and HuJI are among 15 foreign terror groups who were
active or are still operating in Bangladesh since 1991 using
the country as a safe shelter or as transit to infiltrate