Two Islamic militant leaders were four people arrested Friday after the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided their hideout near the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, where a huge number of bombs were found..
A RAB spokesman said the four belonged to the banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujaheedin, Bangladesh (JMB), while it was not known immediately who had stored some 40 bombs in Dhaka’s Uttara area.
The militants rented a house as students but were arrested after few of their members were detained in Rajshahi district.
It is an indication that the militants, despite major operations to weed them out the extremists are still alive and kicking.
Rab officials said they had cordoned off the house in Ukilpara neighbourhood in Sirajganj district based on information provided by the militants in Rajshahi.
Sensing the presence of the security forces, the militants initially opened fire, but later surrendered.
Neighbours said some youths had rented the ground floor of an under-construction building bought by one Khairul Alam.
The house was frequented by many unknown people and some residents of the house were running a shop in the neighbourhood.
A massive crackdown on militants soon after 1 July 2016 Holey Artisan attack which left several people killed, mainly foreign nationals. All the militants were killed in an encounter with the army and police.