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Bangladesh police detain fourth Islamist militant

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:01 GMT
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DHAKA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Bangladesh police arrested another foreign militant on Saturday, raising to four the number of activists detained from the Pakistan-based group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in six days, a senior police officer said.

Explosives and bomb making materials were captured, along with a Bangladeshi accomplish, at a hideout at Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.

"We have made the latest haul in a continuing crackdown on militancy," Mohammad Sohail, a senior officer of the elite Rapid Action Battalion force told a news conference.

Police on Monday arrested three militants, all Pakistani citizens, including the LeT chief in Bangladesh, at a Dhaka hotel [ID:nSGE693092]. Sohail said another RAB raid on Friday had netted a large explosives cache in another outlying district

In recent months, police have arrested dozens of militants, including several Lashkar activists, in Bangladesh.

LeT, one of the largest and best-funded Islamist militant groups in South Asia, was blamed for the 2008 attack on the Indian commercial capital of Mumbai.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has several outlawed militant groups which are trying to broaden their bases even though six top leaders of the biggest group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were hanged in 2007.

Police say their followers, committed to making Bangladesh a sharia-based Islamic state, have regrouped and teamed up with overseas militants like the LeT. (Reporting by Nizam Ahmed; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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