Pak nationals among two LeT activists held in Dhaka

Security forces in Dhaka said the detained foreign militants admitted that they were patronised by Pakistani spy agency ISI.

Dhaka: Two activists of the Pakistan-based militant organisation LeT, including a Pakistani national, were arrested by Bangladesh`s elite RAB force near the airport
in the capital today.

Mukhlesur Rahman, Director General of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), identified those arrested as Abdul Malek alias Golam Mohammad and Md Shafi alias Shamiullah alias Mostak, a 30-year-old Pakistani.

Rahman told reporters that 45-year-old Malek was from village Indranagar in Kaliganj suddivision. They were arrested from the Airport Railway Station situated close to Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.

"Malek was coordinating Lashkar activities in Stakhira area after he came back from Pakistan in 2003," Rahman was quoted as saying by The Star online, the website of the The Daily Star newspaper.

The arrest of the two suspected militants comes a day after police said they had in custody a Pakistani national suspected to be the chief coordinator of the banned LeT.

A police spokesman told a news briefing yesterday that the detective branch of police arrested Pakistani national Khurram alias Mohammad Selim (42) along with two of his
associates, who too were Pakistani nationals from a hotel at Bangabandhu Avenue.
India has blamed the LeT for 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed nearly 180 people. The spokesman, however, did not say exactly when the suspected Laskar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives were arrested. He said the three Pakistani nationals are being quizzed.

Security forces here said the detained foreign militants admitted that they were patronised by Pakistani spy agency ISI. The officials said currently some militant groups
were generating funds by pushing counterfeit Indian currencies into India. The counterfeit Indian currencies and US dollars were mainly being forged in Pakistan and carried to Bangladesh via Dubai.
Amid earlier warnings that Islamaist militants may be trying to regroup, the police and paramilitary forces have conducted massive anti-militancy operations across the

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who survived a grenade attack on August 21, 2004 when activists of the banned militant group HuJI hurled 13 grenades at her rally, has underlined her government`s determination to root out terrorism from the country.


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