Militant leaders hold secret meeting in Khulna
Police, Rab on manhunt for cadres, their ‘listed’ financiers
Staff Correspondent, Khulna
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and intelligence agencies have launched a manhunt for 13 suspected leaders of Islamist militants and some ‘listed’ financiers of militant organisations.
The 13 Islamist militant leaders recently held a secret meeting in Khulna where they vowed to take revenge against arrest of militants after hanging of their six leaders, according to top officials of KMP and intelligence agencies.
They said the 13 Islamist militants headed by Abdul Mannan of Sirajganj decided at the meeting to regroup other cadres to carry out ‘any mission any time’.
Nine out of the 13 militants are Moulana Sakhawat Hossain, Mozammel Hossain, Lokmanuddin, Mufti Rafiqul Islam, Farid Ahmed, Moulana Muniruddin, Nurul, Mir Mohammod and Salam.
When asked, KMP Commissioner Nazmul Haque said operations to arrest the militants are going on in district including the city.
Security agencies have been put on high alert in all important places after the bomb blasts in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet railway stations, he said.
Intelligence sources said they are trying to track down some persons suspected to be financiers of an Islamist militant organizations including JMB (Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh) and its second grade leaders.
These second grade leaders moving at large in different guises have been assigned to regroup stranded cadres of JMB to carry out subversive activities, the sources said.
They said the second grade leaders and local financiers of JMB recently held secret meetings outside Khulna city to chalk out their mission and modus operandi.
The KMP Commissioner said extra security measures have been taken in all NGO offices and Ahmadiyya mosque in the city in view of the threat recently given by Jadid al Qaeda.
Rab-6 in Khulna recently arrested five youths from a house at Tootpara in the city suspecting them to be JMB cadres.
“We are fully alert against terror attacks by JMB cadres. Operations to nab militants have been intensified”, he said.
Rab members are also on hot pursuit to nab JMB cadres hiding in different guises in the city and in the district, he said.