Bangladeshi counterterrorist police said Tuesday they had arrested five suspects and foiled a plan by a pro-Islamic State militant faction to attack a shrine to a Sufi saint in Sylhet city.
The suspects, identified as members of Neo-JMB, were also wanted in connection with the explosion of a home-made bomb in Dhaka’s Paltan area on July 24, according to officials with the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes unit at Dhaka Metropolitan Police. In addition, the five were allegedly linked to an attempted bomb attack the following night.
“The arrested militants had a plan to attack the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal. We foiled it,” Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Golam Kibria told BenarNews. Sylhet, in northeastern Bangladesh, is about 240 km (150 miles) from Dhaka.
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