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Investigators question top Islamic militant leader

Investigators are interrogating Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the alleged mastermind of recent deadly bombings across Bangladesh.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 12:12 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Investigators on Friday interrogated the alleged mastermind of recent deadly bombings across Bangladesh, a day after he surrendered to security forces following a 30-hour siege at his hideout in the country's northeast.

Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the leader of banned Islamic militant group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, gave himself up on Thursday in Sylhet city and was later driven to the capital Dhaka under heavy escort and taken into custody.

Sylhet is 192 kilometers northeast of Dhaka.

"We are questioning Rahman and we believe he holds the key to many important information about his network," Lt Col Gulzar Uddin Ahmed, a top security official told reporters. He did not provide further details.

Rahman, 50, is under the custody of the Rapid Action Battalion, an elite anti-crime force that provided some of the 500 security agents involved in the operation forcing his surrender.

Rahman's group wants to introduce strict Islamic law in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, which is governed by secular laws. Officials have blamed Jumatul Mujahedeen for bombings that killed 26 people and wounded dozens in the country in recent months and called him the mastermind of the violence.

A magistrate on Thursday granted police 10 days to question Rahman.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 12:12 IST