Bangladeshi Police arrest acting militant chief

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Bangladeshi Police Tuesday arrested acting militant chief of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Anwar Alam Khokon in the country's Bogra district, 197 km northwest of capital Dhaka, police said.

Md Humayun Kabir, Bogra district police chief, told Xinhua over phone that Khokon was nabbed on Monday night but he was shown arrested on Tuesday evening with five others after primary interrogation confirmed him as acting chief of the JMB.

"We've also arrested five accomplices of the acting JMB chief Khokon," he said, adding that the police seized a huge amount of explosive materials, a revolver, batteries, wires and religious books from their possessions.

The Special Branch of Bangladesh Police in May this year arrested chief of the banned JMB Saidur Rahman from a house in capital Dhaka after nearly a three-year manhunt. Rahman took over after the execution of JMB chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman in 2007.

JMB, campaigning for establishment of Islamic rule in Bangladesh, staged synchronized serial bombings in 63 out of the country's all 64 districts including capital Dhaka on Aug. 17, 2005, leaving two people dead and 150 others injured.

In the bombings, hundreds of JMB leaders and activists were rounded up while six top leaders of the organization, including its then chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman, were hanged in 2007.

Source: Xinhua


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