They were planning to carry out attacks on important establishments in Dhaka, said CTTC chief
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) officials have arrested six members of the banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B) from Dhaka.
They were arrested from the capital's Badda area yesterday evening, confirmed CTTC Chief Monirul Islam.
The arrestees have been identified as, Billal Hossain, 25, Nur Alam, 28, Rafiqul Islam, 29, Abul Miah, 35, Abdur Rahman, 30, and Akter Hossain, 34.
Monirul, while talking to the press during a friendly cricket match between CTTC and Crime Reporters' Association Bangladesh (CRAB) at the Mawlana Bhashani Hockey Stadium, said: "The six arrestees are active Huji-B members. They conducted robberies so that they could finance their group activities, and ensure bail for their fellows who are in prison."
"CTTC recovered 100 ml chloroform, a knife, and a toy pistol from their possession."
The CTTC chief further mentioned that as per Huji-B leader Ujjal alias Ratan's instruction, the other members of the group planned to meet at Satarkul area of Dhaka's North Badda, and loot money from people.
"They also gathered there to plan attacks on important establishments in Dhaka."
However, they were arrested before executing the plan, said Monirul, adding that the militants' now do not have the ability to carry out attacks like the one at Holey Artisan Bakery in 2016.
He said: "We conducted nationwide operations to find and destroy militant shelters and dens. Through the drives we were able to arrest a number of them.
"Organizationally Huji-B has now become very weak. Two members of their dacoit group are still on the run. Efforts are underway to arrest them as soon as possible."
Monirul furthered that CTTC is working towards curbing militancy.
Earlier this year, CTTC arrested 12 Huji-B members. During primary interrogation, they also confirmed the plan of reorganizing their activities through dacoity.