Mymensingh – Law enforcers in central Bangladeshi district of Mymensingh have captured a suspected Islamist militant believed to be the one of the cohorts of executed Islamist Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, police said.
The lawmen arrested Garibullah Akanda, 60, in Muktagachha subdistrict on the fourth day of a special drive to capture the militants and wanted criminals.
Police officer Fazlul Karim told newsnextbd.com Garibullah was wanted in several cases and used to work at training commander of Bangla Bhai, who was executed in 2007 for killing judges and civilians in bomb attacks in 2005.
Bangla Bhai was also one of the founders of JMB that carried out attacks in public places and establishments and court buildings in 2005 with an aim to establish shariah law in Bangladesh. The organisation was banned since then.
Karim said that police recovered arms from the possession of fugitive Garibullah.
A case will be lodged in connection with the recovery of arms with Muktagachha police station.
Bangladesh launched anti-militants clampdown following recurring attacks claimed by Islamist militants on secularist bloggers, academics, writers and activists. At least 40 people were killed in almost similar attacks since 2013.
The latest clampdown came after the murder of a counter-terrorism officer’s wife in the port city of Chittagong on June 5. More than 8,000 people, including 119 suspected militants, were arrested since the drive kicked off on Friday.