Dhaka, July 21: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four militants, including a regional leader of banned Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) in a crackdown at Aouchpara in Tongi on Thursday.
RAB arrested them from a training centre at a six-storied house at Moktarbari Road area after launching the operation at about 4:00am.
The militants–JMB southern region ameer Mahmudul Hasan Tanvir, Ashiqul Akbar, Nazmus Sakib and Shariatullah Shuvo–were arrested from a flat at the house at Road No. 74-A at Aouchpara.
Besides, the law enforcers seized sharp weapons and bomb-making materials along with detonators from the flat which was taken rented before the last Eid-ul-Fitr.
Later in the morning, Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of the RAB’s legal and media wing, briefed journalists about the operation outside the house.
Mufti Mahmud Khan said: “The RAB learnt that the JMB had taken rented some houses in the capital Dhaka where they were providing physical training, small arms using training, bomb-making training and self-defence training to its newly-recruited members. On the basis of the information, we have conducted the operation this morning at this house in Tongi.”
The RAB official said arrested Mahmudul Hasan hailed from Sirajganj district. He joined the JMB at a very early stage of his life.
“Mahmudul Hasan joined the JMB in 2004 or 2005. He passed Higher Secondary Certificate examination from Science group in 2008 and then admitted to the Department of Fisheries and Marine Bioscience at Jessore University of Science and Technology. He served as JMB’s southern region ameer until 2014. Later, he was given appointment as an arms and bomb-making trainer,” he said.