Dhaka attacks: Bangladesh army arrests 5 militants of banned outfit

Army soldiers gather near the Holey Artisan restaurant after Islamist militants attacked the upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2, 2016. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh Aug 24, 2016, 09.56 AM (IST)
Bangladesh today arrested five suspected militants of the banned organisation Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including the trainer of its women wing.

In the twin raids, firearms and explosives in large quantities were recovered from their possession.

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Rasheduzzaman Rose, a Canadian expatriate and the acting southern region chief of JMB from Dhaka's Gazipur district, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

The other persons arrested were identified as Sahabuddin, Firoz, and Saiful, members of the same outfit, and Abul Hye, a leader of another militant outfit Ahl al-Hadith.

The Bangladesh police have blamed JMB for the Dhaka cafe siege on July 1 in Gulshan area where 22 people, including 17 foreigners, were killed.

The Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the Gulshan attack, releasing photos from inside the cafe during the siege.

Bangladeshi authorities had dismissed IS claims over the deadly assaults, saying international jihadist networks have no presence in the world's third largest Muslim-majority nation.

(WION with inputs from agencies)