The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Thursday said that they arrested one of the founders of banned extremist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh faction along with two others at Mohakhali in Dhaka Wednesday night.
Unit officials said that Abdus Samad alias ‘Arif Mamu’ alias ‘Ashik’ of Dinajpur was the top recruiter of Bangladeshi-Canadian Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, the prime suspect in July 1, 2016 Gulshan café attack and many other attacks.
Top JMB faction leader Tamim died along with two of his associates in a police operation on August 27, 2016.
The unit officials said that both Abdus Samad and Tamim initiated Junud Al Tawhid Al Khilafah in 2014 after Tamim came to Bangladesh in October 2013.
They said that they arrested two others — Ziadul Islam and Azizul Islam Shihir of Chapainawabganj.
The agency claimed that they arrested the three suspected extremists at Mohakhali at about 7:00pm on Wednesday. They were held along with a 9mm pistol, five bullets and 200 detonators.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Ahsan Habib remanded the three in police custody for five days for interrogation in a case filed with Tejgaon industrial police station.
Counter-terrorism unit chief Monirul Islam said that Tamim got connected with Samad with the help of two people from Bogra to initiate Junud Al Tawhid Al Khilafah. He said Samad trained new recruits.
Monirul, however, said that they were yet to confirm whether Samad had played major role in Gulshan café attack but it was confirmed that he had gone to Bogra days before the Holey Artisan attack for further recruitment in northern part of the country.
Ziadul Islam had played role in collecting arms and ammunition while Azizul Islam was ‘radicalised’ and joined the new JMB
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