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Bangladesh: Security forces arrest four suspected terrorists

Bangladesh: Security forces arrest four suspected terrorists

| @indiablooms | 02 Feb 2019, 10:43 am

Dhaka, Feb 2 (IBNS): Bangladesh security forces said they have arrested four suspected terrorists who were planning to murder a newspaper editor, media reports said.

The suspected members of banned Ansarullah Bangla Team were caught by the elite police unit during a raid at the suburb area on early Friday, reported bdnews24.

As per the news portal report, the suspects have been identified as Md Shahriar Nafis aka Ammar Hossain, 20, Rasel aka Sajedul Islam Gifari, 24, Md Rabiul Islam aka Nurul Islam, 28 and Md Abdul Malek, 31.

Bangladesh's security force Rapid Action Battalion said the arrested people were planning to kill the editor of a national daily, which published a criticism of hadith, or Islamic tradition, on marriage. 

The article was published on the newspaper on Jul 28 last year, for which the militants blamed the editor, whose name was left out in the briefing, reported the news portal.

The RAB operation foiled the plans, Mohammad Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of the elite force’s media wing, was quoted as saying by the news portal.

Ansarullah Bangla Team:

The terrorist group grabbed attention in 2013 when blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was murdered.

Mufti Jasim Uddin Rahmani is the head of the group and he has been in prison since he was convicted in the in the murder of the blogger.

The Bangladesh government banned the outfit in 2015.

As per bdnews24 report, the detectives also believe that former army major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, one of the main suspects behind a foiled coup in 2012, may be involved with the organisation.

Militants from Ansarullah Bangla Team and Ansar al-Islam are believed to be behind the killing of writer Avijit Roy in 2015.

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