Bangladesh: 5 'Islamist group' men planned Dec 31 attacks

The Bangladesh security has been on its toes ever since five militants stormed an upscale bakery in Gulshan Thana on July 1, 2016, killing 29 people including 20 hostages. Photograph:( AFP )

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh Dec 28, 2016, 10.20 AM (IST)

Five people believed to be members of outlawed Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB), who were arrested on Tuesday, were planning to carry out attacks on New Year's Eve in Dhaka, Bangaldesh police's counter-terrorism unit said.

Police found 30 kilograms of explosives when they raided an apartment in capital Dhaka's Darus Salam.

“In primary interrogation, the militants told us that they had planned to carry out attacks on the 31st night, during New Year celebrations,” Dhaka Tribune reported counter-terrorism unit chief Monirul Islam as saying.

The Bangladesh security has been on its toes ever since five militants stormed an upscale bakery in Gulshan Thana on July 1, 2016, killing 29 people including 20 hostages.

(WION)