Police detain 5 suspected extremists in Sylhet over Paltan blast

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:14, Aug 11,2020 | Updated: 00:53, Aug 12,2020


A team of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime detained five suspected members of banned extremist group Neo JMB in drives in the past two days in Sylhet.

The police claimed that the suspects were involved in a recent blast at Paltan in Dhaka and were planning to carry out attacks on different major sites in Sylhet, including the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal.

The suspected members of the Neo- Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh and the plan of their possible attacks were traced when police was investigating a bomb blast that had taken place in the night of July 24 at Paltan, said Wahiduzzaman Noor Joy, an assistant commissioner of the CTTC.

He declined to disclose full details of the detained people saying that the police were in the middle of their drives.

He, however, said that among the detained, two were students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and another was from Modan Mohan College of Sylhet.

Wahiduzzaman said that they were interrogating the suspects and securitising information extracted from them.

Details will be disclosed later, he said.

Police personnel were instructed to remain alert following the explosion of the water bottle-like bomb on July 24 and recovery of a bomb-like object at Gulistan in the following night.

No one was hurt in the Paltan blast.

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