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Five of a family held over ‘militant link’ in Mirpur

Published : Sunday, 28 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1100

Five members of a family were arrested by a special team of Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) from Mirpur in the capital for their suspected involvement with banned militant outfit Ansar-al Islam, populary known as Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), early Saturday.
Md Moniruzzaman, additional deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, said the ATU team based on intelligence information cordoned off a five-storey building at Rupnagar in Mirpur around 1:30am.
Around 2:00am, law enforcers went up to the third floor and knocked the door of a flat, asking the suspected militants to open the door. Getting no response, police broke inside, whereupon the residents - all members of the same family - attacked them with sharp weapons, leaving three cops injured.
A suspected militant named  Jakaria, 35, was shot as police fired gunshots in self-defence. He was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Moniruzzaman said.
"When we broke in, we found that the family members had opened a tap inside, and flooded the entire flat," he said.
Sources in the Anti-Terrorism Unit said the injured cops are undergoing treatment at Rajarbagh Police Lines Hospital.
Mahiduzzaman, superintendent of police (SP) at the ATU headquarters, said the five arrested persons are Ahmed Ali, 57, his wife Salma Ahmed, 50, their sons Jakaria, 35, and Kibria, 30 and daughter Asma Ferdous Dipa, 25. Ahmed Ali is a principal officer of Sonali Bank, he added.
Some explosive substances, improvised devices and some books on jihad were seized from the house, said SP Mahiduzzaman.
DIG Moniruzzaman claimed all of the five are members of ABT, an Islamist extremist group with suspected links with Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.
"We are still investigating the matter," he said.

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