Bangladesh ar­rests 3 fe­male mil­i­tants

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bangladesh po­lice have ar­rested three fe­male mem­bers of an Is­lamist ex­trem­ist group blamed for the deadly Dhaka cafe siege, of­fi­cials said yesterday, as au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to crack down on mil­i­tant out­fits a year af­ter the at­tack. The three women were ar­rested late Satur­day fol­low­ing a failed sui­cide bomb­ing af­ter their hide-out was raided in western Kush­tia district’s Bhera­mara town, 228 kilo­me­ters from the cap­i­tal Dhaka.

Local po­lice chief Nur Hos­sain Khand­ker said that one of the sus­pects wear­ing a sui­cide bomb vest tried to blow her­self up as she rushed to­wards au­thor­i­ties af­ter be­ing asked to sur­ren­der. “She failed and we ar­rested her with­out any harm. Later she said she couldn’t find the trig­ger, or else, there would have been many ca­su­al­ties,” Khand­ker said.

Kush­tia po­lice chief Me­hedi Hasan said the women were mem­bers of Ja­mayetul Mu­jahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a local group blamed for the 2016 Ho­ley bak­ery at­tack in Dhaka’s diplo­matic zone where mil­i­tants killed 22 peo­ple. Po­lice said one of the women, Tithi Khatun, 30, is the wife of act­ing JMB chief Ayyub Bac­chu who is on the run and al­legedly vis­ited the hide­out fre­quently. “We con­ducted a clean sweep op­er­a­tion in­side the den and found 10 ki­los of gun­pow­der, two armed (sui­cide) vests and a loaded pis­tol,” Khand­ker said. “Two mi­nor chil­dren were also res­cued from the hide­out,” he added. —AFP

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