Dhaka – Police on Monday arrested eight suspected Islamist militants after they raided a so-called hideout in northern Bangladeshi district of Rajshahi, officials said.
The suspects, believed to be members of a faction of the Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, surrendered as the lawmen cordoned off a home in Tanore sub-district suspecting that the militants had been holed up for days there, officer Asaduzzaman said.
The lawmen also seized suicide vests, one pistol, bullets and explosives from their possessions, the officer added.
Police identified the suspects as Ramzan Ali, his wife Ayesha Begum, two sons Irafil Hossaina and Ibrahim Hossain and daughter Hawa Khatun, and daughter-in-laws Morzina Khatun and Haresa Khantun. Ramzan’s son-in-law Rabiul Islam was also arrested.
The arrest came a day after the police in Dhaka arrested a garment factory owner for financing JMB, which is blamed for a series of attacks in Bangladesh including the last year’s deadly attack on a restaurant in Dhaka that left 20 civilians, mostly foreign nationals, killed.
Imran Ahmed, managing director of Jim Tex, was also accused of supplying weapons to the outlawed group.
Police raided the Rajshahi den on Sunday night as they intercepted information that the entire family of Ramzan Ali is linked with the militant group.
Four children were also taken into custody when police arrested the suspects.