by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Police have arrested three suspected members of an outlawed Islamist group blamed for multiple terrorist attacks in the predominantly Muslim Bangladesh, police said on Wednesday.
Members of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of the police picked up the members of a faction of the Jamaatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) from Dhaka’s Kafrul neighbourhood on Tuesday night.
Mohammad Asaudzzaman, chief of the CTTC, told reporters one of the suspects, Zahid Hasan alias Forkan, is an explosive expert and he used to train members of the group. He used online method of training the group members, the officer said.
Police suspect Hassan might have link to bomb attacks in a number police boxes in the recent years. He was arrested based on information obtained from previously arrested members of the group. Saiful Islam Maruf and Mohammad Fahad are his cohorts arrested during the police raid on Tuesday night.
The lawmen sized explosives, pipe, remote control device, iron balls, mobile phone and tab. The Islamist group, JMB, was banned in 2005 after its members carried out a series of bomb attacks in different parts of the country leaving at least 30 people killed. The group campaigned for Shariah law in Bangladesh.
Born in southern Barguna district, Hassan was a student of Jahangirnagar University until 2013, according to police.