Dhaka: Bangladesh’s elite security force RAB yesterday arrested Maulana Mohammad Yahiya, alleged chief of banned Islamist terror outfit HuJI in the country, with 2 other militants from central Kishoreganj district, the reports said.
Mohammad Bahauddin, 22 and Yar Mohammad, 50, the 2 militants associated Yahiya, were arrested at a makeshift RAB check post near Bhairab Bridge.
HuJI chief and his 2 accomplices briefly appeared before the media, although were not allowed to speak to reporters.
Commander M Sohail, spokesperson of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), told to the reporters “A RAB squad arrested him (Maulana Mohammad Yahiya) and his two accomplices from a passenger bus which was carrying them from Sylhet to Kishorganj. We also recovered some (banned) jihadi books, a book on how to produce bombs and three bus tickets from their possession.”
Yahiya was also wanted in a number of criminal cases, comprising planting a bomb at a July 2000 rally of Sheikh Hasina throughout the earlier tenure of the Awami League-led government. HuJI announced its appearance in Bangladesh in April 1992.