Islamic group leader held over blasts
DHAKA, Sunday (AFP) - Bangladeshi police have arrested a suspected
leader of a hardline Islamic group and three other militants who planned
to attack judges as part of a deadly campaign to impose strict religious
law, an official said Saturday.
Police caught Abdul Awal, 29, at a bus stand in the northern town of
Thakurgaon late Friday, police superintendent Khandaker Golam Faruq told
Awal's arrest was the most high-profile since police stepped up a
campaign to round up militants after last week's murder of two judges by
a suspected member of the banned Islamic hardline group Jamayetul
Awal is accused of being a regional leader of Jamayetul Mujahideen,
"Awal is also a son in-law of Jamayetul Mujahideen chief Shaikh Abdur
Rahman," Faruq said. Rahman, a graduate of Medina University in Saudi
Arabia, founded the hardline group in the late 1990s after fighting in
Faruq added three more suspected militants were arrested in nearby
Panchagarh with bomb-making equipment. "We arrested the three" on
information given by Awal, Faruq said.
The three told police they were awaiting the go ahead from Jamayetul
Mujahideen leaders to stage bomb attacks on judges in Panchagarh
district, Faruq said.
Jamayetul Mujahideen has been linked to two series of blasts August
17 and October 3 and recent bomb attacks on judges and courts across the
Muslim- majority South Asian nation.