Bangladesh arrests Islamist chief over blogger, publisher murders

Bangladesh police stated Saturday they’d arrested an Islamist militant leader wanted in connection with the homicide of a blogger and writer.

Khairul Islam “at once took part” in the killings of Niloy Chattopadhyay and Faisal Arefin Deepan closing yr, police said, two of the handfuls of deadly assaults on secular activists and foreigners.
Detectives nabbed the 24-yr-old, an intelligence wing leader of the banned outfit Ansar al-Islam, also referred to as Ansarullah Bangla Crew, from Dhaka’s most important railway station past due Friday.

“He directly took part in the (two) killings except for walking reconnaissance for months on the sufferers,” Masudur Rahman, Dhaka police spokesman, instructed AFP.

“The killings happened by the order of Most important Zia,” the legitimate said, regarding Syed Ziaul Haque, a former navy officer who allegedly heads ABT — considered one of two Fundamental banned home terrorist outfits blamed with the aid of the authorities for the wave of violence.

Chattopadhyay, a blogger, was hacked to loss of life in August final year at his domestic with the aid of machete-wielding assassins. Deep, a publisher, became killed in his workplace in October 2015.

Bangladesh has been roiled by means of gruesome killings, with a mainly bloody massacre in July that left 22 useless after an assault on an upscale cafe inside the capital.

The Islamic Kingdom group and Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent have stated they were in the back of most attacks, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has blamed ABT and another banned outfit Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

The July carnage brought about a protection force crackdown on Islamist extremists, with police shooting useless almost forty suspected militants since.