6 held for carrying out deadly attacks in B’desh
Six Islamist militants responsible for a series of deadly attacks in Bangladesh, including one behind the brutal killing of a secular publisher last year, have been arrested, police said on Wednesday. Police said Moinul Islam Shamim, the prime suspect in the murder of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, has been arrested.
Shamim has been described as key organiser of Ansar Al Islam, also known as Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) which has presumed ideological links to al-Qaeda.
“We arrested him (Shamim) last night from Tongi area (on the outskirts of the capital),” the spokesman said, adding Shamim was the trainer of the assailants of Dipan, who was stabbed dead inside his office at Dhaka’s Shahbagh area on October 31 last year, the day when suspected ABT activists also attacked another publisher leaving him critically wounded.
Rahman said Shamim said fugitive key-ABT leader Ziaul Haque was also involved in Dipan’s murder,
while the outfit had targeted him for publishing books of slain Bangladeshi-born US blogger and science writer Avijit Roy.