Police have claimed that one of three men held before a gunfight at Hazaribagh, in Dhaka, had taken part in the bombing of a Shia gathering at Hossaini Dalan about three months ago. The Detective Branch arrested Jahid Hasan Rana alias 'Mushab', Md Arman, and Norr Mohammad alias 'Langrha Master' at Kamrangir Char on Wednesday night and took them to Hazaribagh.
Two suspected Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh leaders, 'Kamal' alias 'Hiron', and 'Abdullah' alias 'Noman', were shot dead in a 'gunfight' that erupted as they approached the Zainul Haque Sikder Womens' Medical College.
DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said in a press conference on Thursday that Rana had directly taken part in the attack on the Shia gathering in Dhaka on October 24 last year. Arman was not a direct participant but was linked to the attack, Islam said. JMB militants often met at the house of Mohammad, the other arrested man, in Savar, he said.
Hiron, one of those killed on Wednesday, had been accused of killing a policeman at Gabtoli two days before the attack on the Shia gathering that had left two dead and over 100 injured. Terrorist group Islamic State, based in the Middle-East, claimed credit for the attack on the Shias. But the government and law-enforcing agencies have consistently denied the group’s presence in Bangladesh. Detectives said local militants were carrying out the attacks but used the name of the IS while claiming responsibility.
Suspected JMB leader 'Albani' alias 'Hojja', aka 'Mahfuz', had been killed in a 'gunfight' with police at Darussalam towards the end of November. Police said Mahfuz was the chief of the JMB's military wing and linked to the attack on the Shias. Hiron, killed on Wednesday night, was the JMB unit’s second-in-command, DB official Islam said.
He was also involved in the attack on the Shias, he said.
Assistant sub-inspector Ibrahim Molla had been knifed to death at a check post at Gabtoli on October 22. Within two weeks, another policeman was hacked to death in an attack on a check post at Ashulia.
The motorbike Hiron and Noman abandoned before the ‘gunfight’ at Hazaribagh had been used in the Ashulia attack, Islam said. He said the two had hurled locally made grenades and bombs at the police during the fight on Wednesday.
Two guns and a knife were also recovered from the scene, he added, according to bdnews24.com.