Dhaka – The suspected female members of the banned terrorist outfit were out to collect money for the militant activities, police said on Tuesday.
Crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion arrested the four suspects from different places in Dhaka on Monday.
Among them one was an intern doctor at Dhaka Medical college hospital while three others are student of private Manarat International University, a commander of the battalion, Khandaker Lutful Kabir, told reporters hours after the arrest.
The suspects belong to the female unit of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), blamed for the recent terrorist attacks in Dhaka and Kishoreganj district that left more than 30 people killed in July.
Kabir said the female members of the outfit used to collect money for the organization.
He said Oyshi, one of the four arrested, is head of that women cell. She motivates the women to join the organization and work for it.
The commander said the women were arrested based on the information received from previously captured JMB member Amir Mahmud Hasan.
“Mahamudul during an interrogation informed that the JMB begins female unit led by a woman named Aklima Akter Moni. They began their activities through secured mobile apps called `Ummah Tawhid’ and `Ansar Isalamiya’.
Aklima was arrested in Signboard area of Tongi on Monday.
Oyshi was arrested at Maghbazar on the basis of Aklima’s information. Later, two others identified as Mou and Meghla were arrested from the same area.
Number of jihadi books, notes, documentaries, audio and video clips were also seized from their possessions.
The outfit is responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks in 2005 that killed at least 30 people in different places of Bangladesh.
The recent attacks on a Dhaka restaurant was also carried out by the JMB, according to the law enforcement agencies despite the Islamic State, a radical Islamic group active in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility of the attacks that killed 20 civilians, mostly foreign nationals on July 1.