37 militants detained on first day anti-terror crackdown

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Dhaka, June 11: A total of 37 militants were arrested by police during the first 24 hours of its nationwide anti-terror crackdown.

According to Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) AKM Shahidur Rahman, the arrested 27 persons belonged to the members of the Jamaa’tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Without detailing about the arrestees, but he said, adding that a firearm, 500 grams of gunpowder and 15 crude bombs have been seized from their possessions.

The decision to go tough on militants was taken in a meeting chaired by IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque at the police  Headquarters in Dhaka on Thursday, five days after the murder of decorated SP Babul Akhtar’s wife Mahmuda Akhtar Mitu in Chittagong.

Mahmuda’s murder is strikingly similar to the attacks carried out by suspected Islamist militants on secular writers, bloggers, online activists and people who have differing religious views.

However, over 1,000 persons have been arrested on the first day of the crackdown across the country.

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