21 women militants arrested from Barisal District

21 women militants arrested from Barisal District

Security Forces on April 23 arrested 22 suspected militants, most of them women, in a raid in the south-western Barisal District soon after enforcing stepped up vigil around foreign missions following threats from Islamist extremists, The Hindu reported. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested 22 suspected militants, including 21 women, while they were holding a meeting early morning in the District town, 117-km north of the capital Dhaka, Daily Star reported. Lt Commander K M Mamunur Rashid of the RAB told Daily Star the suspected militants were being interrogated at the battalion”s office. However, identities of the suspected militants were not ascertained. muhammed_drawing_jyllandsposten_censor21

Police on April 21 had intensified security around the United Nations (UN) and other foreign aid agencies after regional offices of the UN and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) received militant threats at Barisal. &quotWe enforced tight security around the UN, UNICEF and IFRC offices, deploying extra forces and installing makeshift check points,” Nurunnabi Chowdhury, officer in charge of the Kotwali Police station in Barisal city, told PTI over phone. The intensified security came as suspected Jama”atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists sent letters to the regional offices of the two organizations, asking them to shut down their offices or &quotface death&quot.

Source: South Asia Terrorism Portal

http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=4/24/2009#15

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