Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-14) has arrested four suspected members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including a college student and a woman, from Biddyaganj Railway Station in Mymensingh sadar upazila.
The arrestees are Siam Al Mahmud, 19, Nasreen Akter alias Joaira, 21, Md Shaheen Islam alias Mahbub Islam, 22 and Md Shakhawat Karim, 36. Rab also recovered seven jihadi books from their possession while making the arrests from Biddyaganj Railway Station on Wednesday night.
At a press briefing yesterday at its office, Rab Commanding Officer Lt Col Md Aftekher Uddin said Siam, a student of Mymensingh Krishi Biswabidyalaya College in Mymensingh, fled home three months ago and his mother Anjuman Ara lodged a general diary with Rab in November last year in this regard.
Rab claimed that Siam got to know Joaira through Facebook, and allegedly inspired her to join jihad. Joaira also left home recently, to marry one of her co-activists.
Shaheen also joined the group through Facebook. After dropping out of school in 10th grade, Shaheen used to help his father in agriculture in Chuadanga.
Shakhawat Karim, from Chattogram's Sitakunda, was acquainted with Shaheen and Siam through Facebook and used to share views on jihad.
Shakhawat, who lives in Shahjadpur in Dhaka, left the country in 2016 for work in Bahrain, but had contacts with Shaheen and Siam. He returned home in 2018.
They were in touch with one another through different Facebook IDs for some three years and were planning to travel to another country for training purposes, said Rab's commanding officer.
However, The Daily Star could not verify the claims.
They were being interrogated as of filing this report. More details would be available after interrogation, Rab sources added.