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Militants nabbed, explosives seized

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrest four cadres of the banned terror outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2007 15:21 IST

Bangladesh security forces nabbed four militants and recovered 15 hand grenades during a special campaign to check the regrouping of the extremists.



The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four cadres of the banned terror outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and recovered 5 kg power gel and 15 high power hand grenade at Satuta under Bajitpur in Kishoreganj district, 150 km northwest of the capital Dhaka on Wednesday.



The arrested extremists have been identified as Deen Islam, 50, an Imam of Satura Jama Masjid, Harun, 21, Abdul Hannan, 22, and Mohammod Hossain, 25. All are residents of Satura village of Bajitpur upazila.



Based on information given by JMB cadre arrested last week from Mymensingh, a RAB-9 team led by Lieutenant Commander Majharul Huq arrested the JMB cadres and recovered the power gel and the hand grenades from Hilochia Shakua village under Bajitpur upazila, ASP Ashraf of the RAB was quoted as saying by

The Daily Star

on Thursday.



Hundreds of activists of different militant outfits, especially operatives of JMB, who went into hiding following the arrest, trial and execution of its top leaders on March 30, 2007, were trying to regroup under the supervision of the seven majlish-e-shura (highest policy-making body) members.



Security forces have been put on high-alert after intelligence agencies feared suicide attacks targeting political leaders and key strategic installations by the banned terror outfit JMB.



JMB has stepped up efforts to recruit new members under the cover of religious activities, reports have said.