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Over 60 foreign extremists active in Bangladesh: report

More than 60 Pakistani and Indian "foreign extremists" are operating in Bangladesh, with security agencies tracking at least 20 operatives of Lahore based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), reports and officials said today.

world Updated: Nov 15, 2009 22:22 IST

More than 60 Pakistani and Indian "foreign extremists" are operating in Bangladesh, with security agencies tracking at least 20 operatives of Lahore based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), reports and officials said today.

"We are aware that Bangladesh could be a soft area for foreign militants and terrorists to take refuge particularly
from neighbouring Pakistan and India in view of intensified security clampdown there" deputy commissioner of polices'
detective branch Monorul Islam told PTI.

He said that in the past several months police had arrested 11 suspected foreign extremists belonging to
different outfits from both India and Pakistan and a manhunt was underway to nab several others in line with the
information obtained from them.

Islam said of the 11, six were suspected LeT operatives or linked to the Pakistani outfits. Three being
Pakistani and three being Indian while others belonged to India's separatist ULFA, KLO or the gangster Dawood Ibrahim's network members.

His comments came as the New Age newspaper quoting intelligence sources today reported that over 50 religious
extremists from Pakistan and India were active in Bangladesh in collaboration with Bangladeshi Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI).

In another report, the Daily Star quoting intelligence sources said police were tracking 20 more LeT operatives after
the arrest of three Pakistani nationals three days ago.