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7 Hizb ut-Tahrir men arrested in Ctg city

7 Hizb ut-Tahrir men arrested in Ctg city

Police claimed detention of 12 activists of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir from a Chittagong city mosque today after the Jumah prayers. They were distributing anti-government leaflets and chanting slogans in Andarkillah mosque, reports our Chittagong correspondent quoting Kamruzzaman, a sub-inspector at Chittagong’s Kotwali Police Station. “Seven of them admitted their involvement during their primary...

3 Rohingyas tied to Burdwan blast arrested: Cops

3 Rohingyas tied to Burdwan blast arrested: Cops

The three suspected militants arrested from Dhaka earlier were Rohingyas, militants of a Myanmar group, linked with the Burdwan blast of Kolkata, police said today. They were members of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) and other Myanmar-based outfits, said Krishna Pada Roy, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) organised in Dhaka this afternoon. Today morning,...

Burdwan blast: Dhaka team to meet NIA officials in Kolkata Friday

Burdwan blast: Dhaka team to meet NIA officials in Kolkata Friday

A seven-member team, comprising high-ups from intelligence and law enforcement agencies, has reached India today to look into how Bangladeshi militants are operating in India. The team led by joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Monirul Islam left for India around 4:00pm, a home ministry official said. The other member of the team...

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) trained its women operatives in India and the wife of prime accused in Burdwan blast case was the chief trainer, detectives said yesterday. Fatema Begum, wife of detained JMB commander Sajid, and three others were arrested with explosives from the capital's Sadarghat area on Saturday, they added.  "Fatema was the chief trainer. She used to train the group's women at Burdwan's Shimulia madrasa which has only 50 students," Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam of Detective Branch told the press yesterday. The three other arrestees -- Abdullah Kazi, Isharat Ali Sheikh and Shawkat Sarder -- joined JMB between 2004 and 2005 and had links with Sajid, believed...

JMB trained militants in India, police claim

JMB trained militants in India, police claim

Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) trained militants in India, Dhaka police claimed today after four members of the banned outfit, including the group’s women wing chief, were held. Detainee JMB women’s chief Fatema Begum is said to be the wife of Kolkata Burdwan blast prime accused Sajid, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan...

Battle turning against IS, says US Gen

Battle turning against IS, says US Gen

America's top general has told US troops in Iraq that momentum is turning against Islamic State militants. Gen Martin Dempsey, on an unannounced visit, called the militants "midgets" but said the battle against them was likely to take years. The US has launched air strikes against IS and has more than 1,000 personnel in Iraq...

Keep country free from militancy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation from all, including the people of Chittagong, in keeping the country free from all sorts of terrorism and militancy. “We've built a terrorism- and militancy-free Bangladesh, and want to continue this atmosphere in the coming days,” she said. She was speaking after inaugurating the construction work on a 5,200-metre-long and 15-metre wide Muradpur-Lalkhan Bazar Flyover on the CDA Avenue. Hasina said the prime aim of her government was to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh...

Rise of militancy worries SC judge

Rise of militancy worries SC judge

Voicing serious concern over the rise of militancy in Bangladesh, a Supreme Court judge today said the issue must be dealt without leniency "since it involves the state's security". The concern came during an appeal hearing challenging a High Court bail for Asif Adnan, son of former HC judge Abdus Salam Mamun, who was...

JMB coordinator among 5 held in Sirajganj

JMB coordinator among 5 held in Sirajganj

The main coordinator of the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and his four associates were arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Sadar upazila rail station of Sirajganj early today. A huge amount of bomb, sophisticated bomb making materials, Jihadi books and other equipment were recovered from their possession, Major Maksud, deputy...

'TERROR FUND' FROM LONDON

Govt official among 4 sued

Govt official among 4 sued

Chittagong police have sued four people including an education ministry official for receiving Tk 19 crore fund from London for their alleged attempt to strengthen militant activities in the country. The accused are: Abul Kalam Azad, assistant director of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education; Shahjahan Maijbhandari, general secretary of Maijbhandar Sharif Shahi Mosque...

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