Five Neo-JMB operatives held in Sylhet over bomb attack on police

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, or DMP, has arrested five operatives of the outlawed militant outfit, the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh or Neo-JMB, during a raid in Sylhet.

They were apprehended over their suspected ties a crude bomb blast targeting police on Jul 25 and the explosive device found near a police box in Paltan a day later, according to DMP Deputy Commissioner Saiful Islam.

The identities of the detainees will be disclosed in a media briefing on Wednesday, he added.

On July 26, an on-duty police officer at the capital’s Bangabandhu Square Monument in Gulistan found a bomb inside a polythene bag hanging on his motorbike. The bomb disposal unit of police detonated the bomb in a controlled explosion around 8:45pm.

Another bomb blast occurred near a police box in Paltan a day before the incident on July 25.

A case has been filed with Paltan Police Station over the incident and efforts are underway to arrest the other suspects, Saiful Islam said.