Bangladesh Arrests 5 Relate To Deadly Cafe Siege


DHAKA, BANGLADESH:  Five people linked to the Islamist extremist group behind July's Dhaka cafe siege that left 22 hostages, most of them foreigners, dead have been arrested, Bangladesh police said Thursday.

An Islamic spiritual leader and an explosives expert were among the group detained in a series of raids in the capital late Wednesday and early Thursday, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police unit said.

"They belonged to Sarwar-Tamim group of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)," RAB said in a statement, referring to the extremist group the government has blamed for the July attack.

RAB said a 27-year-old electrical engineer who made explosives for the group and provided training, and a 40-year-old spiritual leader who preached Jihad to the group's budding extremists were among those arrested.

The ISIS group and Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent claimed responsibility for the siege at Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka's posh Gulshan neighbourhood.

In any case, Prime Minister Sheik Hasina's legislature has faulted the homegrown JMB and another gathering called Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT). 

The pioneer of the JMB, Sarwar Jahan, and the genius of the bistro attack, Tamim Chowdhury, a Canadian subject of Bangladeshi beginning, were both killed in assaults outside the capital by security constrains as of late. 

The July gore set off a security constrain crackdown on Islamist fanatics, with police shooting dead about 40 speculated activists and capturing scores more since