Dhaka: Bangladesh has arrested two
suspected activists of the Pakistan-based militant
organisation LeT, days after taking into custody a Pakistani
national who was allegedly the chief coordinator of
the terror outfit in the country.
"The RAB members arrested Pakistani national Wazed
Khan, alias Zafar alias Salman, and his Bangladeshi associate
Abu baker, alias Baka, in a raid in (suburban) Tongi,"
Commander Mohammad Sohail, spokesperson of the Rapid Action
Battalion (RAB) told a news briefing yesterday.
The RAB official said Khan was an explosive expert of
Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), blamed by India for the 2008 Mumbai
attacks that killed nearly 180 people.
The detective branch of police last week said they
arrested the suspected LeT chief coordinator Khurram, alias
Mohammad Selim, along with two of his associates, also
Pakistani nationals, from a downtown hotel in the capital.
Security officials earlier said they suspected LeT
operatives of providing money to local militant groups and
recruiting operatives to be trained in Pakistan.
They believe LeT has been maintaining links with
Bangladeshi terror outfits, including the banned Jamatul
Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Harkatul Jihad al-Islami
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
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.
According to police, domestic as well as foreign
militants in Bangladesh were now in a dilapidated state.
"I tell you this much...they are now in a dilapidated
state in view of our coordinated anti-militant campaign (and)
in fact LeT now virtually has no activities in the country,"
police official Hassan Mahmud Khondkar told PTI last week.
Police and RAB said the detained foreign operatives
of these groups admitted that they were being patronised by
Pakistani intelligence agencies, including the powerful ISI.