Key Bangladeshi militants taking training in Pakistan: Official

June 23rd, 2009 - 12:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Dhaka, June 23 (IANS) Some key members of banned Islamist militant organisation Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) are now staying in Pakistan for taking military training, an official said.
A senior official of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), while requesting anonymity, told The Daily Star newspaper that at least two ‘ehsar’ (full-time militants) wanted by his organisation had fled to Pakistan and were staying there for the last three months.

The official said the two could be actively assisting the Taliban who are currently fighting the Pakistan security forces.

The JMB has close links with terror groups in Pakistan.

Its chief, Shaikh Abdur Rahman, was hanged after trial and conviction in a murder case in 2007. He too had made many trips to Pakistan to receive training and coordinate flow of arms and funds, the official said.

Bangladeshi sleuths are currently interrogating JMB’s explosives expert Zahidul Islam alias ‘Boma Mizan’. He told them of the flight of two members - Sayeed and Shiplu.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Tania Kamal Monday again placed ‘Boma Mizan’ on a three-day remand to allow his further interrogation.

In a related development, the newspaper said JMB’s IT expert, Emranul Haq alias Rajib, was detained by RAB personnel from his Dhaka home.

Rajib, with many other aliases, is IT savvy and was engaged in producing explosives after downloading relevant information, the official told the newspaper.

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