‘Extremist’ in link to city hotel blast arrested

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:59, Jan 01,2018


Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Monday claimed that they arrested a suspected extremist who had a connection with blasts taken place at Hotel Olio International at Panthapath in the city on August 15, 2017.

The arrested was identified as Mamun, 21, a top leader of a new faction of banned extremist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

On a tip-off, the counter-terrorism unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police in a joint drive arrested Mamun from Uttara House Building area in the city around 7:30pm, according to the DMP website dmpnews.org.

Mamun, also a member of Majlish-e-Shura, used to collect money, manufacture bombs, train other extremists, and make plans for subversive attacks for the extremist outfit, it said.

During primary interrogation, Mamun disclosed that he manufactured bombs to carry out attack on the rally marking the National Mourning Day at Panthapath and provided those to Saiful at the hotel.

Suspected extremist Saiful Islam, 21, was killed during an operation codenamed ‘Operation August Bite’ by police at a suspected hideout at the hotel near Square Hospital at Panthapath on August 15, 2017.  

Police said extremists had planned to kill hundreds of people in suicide bomb attack on the processions marking the mourning day centring Dhanmondi 32.

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