Bangladesh police said Saturday they’d arrested an Islamist militant leader desired in reference to the homicide of a blogger and publisher.
Khairul Islam “immediately took part” in the killings of Niloy Chattopadhyay and Faisal Arefin Deepan last 12 months, police stated, of the dozens of lethal attacks on secular activists and foreigners.
Detectives nabbed the 24-12 months-vintage, an intelligence wing chief of the banned outfit Ansar al-Islam, additionally called Ansarullah Bangla Group, from Dhaka’s foremost railway station overdue Friday.
“The killings befell by the order of Main Zia,” the reliable stated, referring to Syed Ziaul Haque, a former army officer who allegedly heads ABT — one of two Important banned domestic terrorist clothing blamed by means of the authorities for the wave of violence For Tricks.
Chattopadhyay, a blogger, was hacked to loss of life in August remaining year at his home via machete-wielding assassins. Deep, a publisher, changed into killed in his workplace in October 2015.
Bangladesh has been roiled with the aid of ugly killings, with a specifically bloody bloodbath in July that left 22 dead after an assault on an upscale cafe within the capital.
The Islamic Country institution and Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent have stated they had been in the back of maximum assaults, however, High Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has blamed ABT and any other banned outfit Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
The July carnage prompted a protection force crackdown on Islamist extremists, with police taking pictures lifeless nearly 40 suspected militants since.