Bangladesh police arrest 3 suspects in bloggers’ murders

Suspected blogger murderers Touhidur Rahman (2nd left), Sadek Ali (center) and Aminul Mollick (2nd right) are presented to media by Bangladesh’ Rapid Action Battalion in Dhaka on Tuesdays.

DHAKA, Bangladesh: Authorities in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they have arrested three men, including a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.

The three are suspected members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, a banned Islamic militant outfit, said Maj. Maksudul Alam, a spokesman for the country’s Rapid Action Battalion. Bangladesh banned the group in May after police accused its members of threatening and killing bloggers and writers.

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Alam said one of the arrested men, Touhidur Rahman — a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin — was the mastermind and financier of the attacks on bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das, who were killed earlier this year.
The suspects were arrested Monday night in raids in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, and appeared with authorities at a news briefing Tuesday.

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Source News: Arab News
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