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Bangladesh arrests two militants of banned outfit

PTI
Published Sep 1, 2016, 3:07 pm IST
Updated Sep 1, 2016, 3:08 pm IST
ABT is blamed for a series of attacks on individuals, including secular writers, activists and followers of minority religious faiths.
Bangladeshi-Canadian Tamim Chowdhury was killed in a security raid at a militant hideout at Narayanganj on the outskirts of the capital along with two other alleged terrorists on August 27. (Photo: AP)
 Bangladeshi-Canadian Tamim Chowdhury was killed in a security raid at a militant hideout at Narayanganj on the outskirts of the capital along with two other alleged terrorists on August 27. (Photo: AP)

Dhaka: Bangladesh police have arrested two alleged operatives of banned Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) from south-eastern port city of Chittagong.

"Detectives have arrested two alleged members of banned militant outfit ABT," a police spokesman said.

 

ABT is blamed for a series of attacks on individuals, including secular writers, activists and followers of minority religious faiths. Independent security analysts believe that the banned outfit members are inclined to al-Qaeda.

ABT's top leader, Ziaul Haque, a renegade army major is on the run with a bounty on his head.

Police last month announced bounty leading to arrests of the fugitive major alongside Bangladeshi-Canadian Tamim Chowdhury describing the latter as the top leader of Neo-Jamaatul Mujahideen (neo-JMB).

The neo-JMB, known to be linked to ISIS, carried out the July 1 terrorist attack at Dhaka's Holey Artisan restaurant, killing 22 people including 17 foreigners and an Indian girl.

 

Chowdhury, however, was killed in a security raid at a militant hideout at Narayanganj on the outskirts of the capital along with two other alleged terrorists on August 27.

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