Dhaka – Security forces on Thursday arrested five suspected militants of a banned Islamist group in the south-eastern Bangladeshi city of Chittagong, police said.
The crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion arrested the suspects in separate anti-terror raids in the port city.
They identified the militant suspects as Taijul Islam, Nazim Uddin, Hafez Abu Zafar, Nur-e-Alam, and Ibtisham Ahmed, battalion officer Sohel Mahmud said.
He said the security forces busted a den of banned militant outfit the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) in the morning of the day.
He said the battalion members, on information, carried out an operation inside a den in a three-storied building at city’s Akbarshah area of the district. Three of the suspects were captured there.
Two others were arrested with firearms from city’s AK Khan neighbourhood.
The battalion spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told the reporters that the suspected Islamist militants were planning massive subversive activities in city’s important places.
The set many documents and electronic devices ablaze as soon as the security personnel cordoned off their hideout, said the spokesman.
Twelve improvised explosives, two pistols, nine magazines, 167 bullets, hand-made bombs, bomb-making materials, local weapons, and some religiously inciting books were seized from the den.