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Top JMB militant leader held in B'desh

Security forces on Sunday arrested a "top leader" of the banned Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh in the country's Nilfamari district.

world Updated: Apr 19, 2009 22:02 IST

Security forces on Sunday arrested a "top leader" of the banned Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh in the country's Nilfamari district.

The police arrested 25-year-old Moshiur Rahman and seized large quantity of literature on 'jihad' and militant activities from Jhaldhaka upazila.

"He is a top JMB figure in the region of greater Rangpur and Dinajpur area," said M Rashedul Islam, police superintendent of Nilfamari district.

"He runs all operations in the region and is responsible for distributing jihadi CDs and leaflets," Islam was quoted as saying by the private bdnews online today.

Norendranath Sarkar, Jhaldhaka police chief, said "crucial information on JMB operations may come out during the interrogation". The police said more raids are "being conducted to arrest more militants."

Last week, security forces had arrested eight suspected JMB activists with bomb making material, inflammable liquids and booklets preaching 'jihad' during a raid on the outskirts of the capital.

The suspected operatives of the banned militant Islamist outfit were arrested by anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) as part of the enhanced countrywide anti-militant security vigil after the last month's mutiny at paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in Dhaka, officials said.