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10 January, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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10 ‘Neo-JMB militants’ held in capital

Staff Reporter

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested 10 suspected members of the militant outfit, Neo-Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (Neo-JMB), from the city’s Uttara and Kalabagan areas. The director of the RAB's media and legal wing, Commander Mufti Muhammad Mahmud Khan, said bombs and a large quantity of explosives were seized from their possession. The arrested were identified as Abu Sadhat Md Sultan Al Raji, alias Liton, Al Mizanur Rashid, Jannatul Mohol Jinna, Md Ziaur Rahman, Md Koushiq Adnan Sobhan, Md Mizanur Rahman, Meraj Ali, Mufti Abdur Rahman bin Ataullah, Md Shariar Wajed Khan and Shariful Islam. All of them are suspected to be operatives of the Sarwar-Tamim faction of the Neo-JMB, he said. According to RAB officers, Abu Sadhat Md

Sultan Al Raji, alias Liton, hailing from Nabinagor upazila of Brammanbaria, works at Khaja Equity Services Ltd. He admitted his only son, Sakin Sadhat Al Raji, to the Life School in the city’s Uttara. His cousin, Abdur Rahaman, also a teacher of the school, introduced him to the slain top Neo-JMB leader, Major Zahid. Major Zahid’s only daughter was also a student of the school. At one stage, Sadhat became close to the former army officer and visited his house near the school several times. He also joined the Neo-JMB. Hailing from Rajshahi district, Al Mizanur Rashid was a former staff of the Aman Group. He joined the militant outfit through Major (retd) Ajmal after resigning from his job in September 2010.
Jannatul Mohol Jinna prepared a Haj guide in 2006, which was published in 2008. She took classes every year before Haj.
Wife of slain Major Zahid, Mainul and Sumon’s wife regularly attended her lecture at the third floor of the Life School at Uttara.
Md Ziaur Rahman, founder of the Life School, was a teacher of the radical school.
Md Koushiq Adnan Sobhan recently discussed going to Syria for joining the Islamic State (IS) with his friend Shariar.
Md Mizanur Rahman, a former staff member of Robi Telecom, visited different countries for training and after working with Robi for 14 years, he invested Tk. 15 lakh for establishing the Life School. Meraj Ali became close to Major Zahid and Tanvir Kadri and was involved in the Neo-JMB. Mufti Abdur Rahman bin Ataullah was also a teacher of the Life School and, misinterpreting the Holy Quran, he recruited Neo-JMB members. Md Shariar Wajed Khan was close to slain Major Zahid and regularly visited the Life School. Shariful Islam was principal of the Life School, but at present he is principal of the Knowledge School, which is owned by his daughter Rehena. He regularly organises meetings for women through his sister to expand militancy. While addressing a press briefing at the RAB’s legal and media office, RAB’s additional director general (operations), Col. Anwar Latif Khan, said the 10 were picked up from the Kalabagan and Uttara areas early yesterday.
He said these persons, along with the militants who frequented the school, were involved in attempts to spread jihadist ideology among students and their guardians.
A prominent militant leader, Moinul Islam, more commonly known as Musa, was a teacher of the school. Musa is yet to be arrested.
Two other slain militant leaders, Major (retd) Murad and Tavir Quadri, used to frequent the school, according to sources. Col. Anwar, however, claimed that these 10 persons were not involved in any militant operation, rather were more involved in reconnaissance and recruitment efforts.
At another programme, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner, Asaduzzaman Miah, yesterday warned against the possibility of militant attacks. He admitted that the threat of militant attacks still remains. He made the remarks while addressing a programme organised to provide financial aid to families of the two police officers killed in the Gulshan attack.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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