Thursday, September 06, 2012

Suspected Islamist militants arrested in Bandarban


News No. 75/2012, Thursday, September 06, 2012

THE police have arrested three suspected members of the Jamatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB), an Islamist terrorist outfit, from Alikadam in Bandarban district, newspapers have reported today.

Two suspected activists of the banned organization – Abdul Kaker and his wife Fatema Akter -- were arrested yesterday, Wednesday, in a raid in their house in Alikadam. The police also recovered 60 Jehadi books from their possession.

Abdul Kader is a medical technologist at Lama Health Complex.

The third militant, Md. Hossain, was arrested from Saber Mia Para in Ali Kadam town the same day, according to Purbokone, a Bengali daily published from Chittagong.

However, the Suprobhat Bangladesh, another daily from Chittagong, made no mention of the later’s arrest.

According to press reports and various other sources, Islamist terrorists are active in the districts of Cox’s Bazaar and Bandarban.  They are rallying under a new organization named Jamatul Arakan.

The Islamists have already made serious inroads in the southern Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bandarban, carrying out their activities in secret. They have established hideouts in Lama, Alikadam, Nakyongchari and Thanchi Upazilas.

In March last year, the police arrested two Islamist militants – Shamim Mahfuz (37) and Md. Ismail (36) – from a mountainous hideout in remote Thanchi Upazila, along with a large cache of bomb making substances and Jehadi books.

Mahfuz had confessed to the police that they had participated in Jehad (holly war) to liberate Arakan from Myanmar.
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