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Monday, September 28, 2009

Security forces dismantle Islamic militant camp in Bangladesh, arrest five

By Anisur Rahman, Correspondent

Dhaka: Security forces on Saturday arrested five leaders of the Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and dismantled a camp of the outlawed group in the rugged southeastern hills under a revamped campaign against militant outfits, officials said yesterday.
"Three 'ehsar' members [second-rung leaders] were arrested during the raid at their hideout at Matiranga area of Khagrachhari [hill district] last night while the two others were captured from elsewhere in subsequent raids overnight," a spokesman of the elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) told Gulf News.
Major Shakhawat Hussain, however, did not provide details about the raid.
Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina's eight-month-old government had last month constituted a high-powered national committee to coordinate intelligence activities against militant groups.

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