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RAB names 38 youths who left houses to join militant group

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Published: 16:34, 10 October 2022   Update: 16:37, 10 October 2022
RAB names 38 youths who left houses to join militant group

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The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has made a list of 38 youths who left their houses from different parts of the country to reportedly join militant group Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharkia.

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of RAB’s Legal and Media Wing, made the list public while addressing a press conference at its Karwan Bazar media centre on Monday, adding that after being motivated by the militant group, they have left their houses.

“We have so far obtained evidence of 55 youths and of them, we have come to know details including names and addresses of the 38 missing youths,” Moin said.

They have been missing for the last two years and seven youths went on missing from Comilla one and a half months ago, he said.

Many of them send money to their families as their parents know their sons went abroad, Moin, spokesperson of the elite force, told the media.

The RAB in a drive in many places of Dhaka and Keraniganj arrested five youths on Sunday and came to know the development following confessional statements of the arrestees, said the RAB official.

The arrestees were identified as Shah Md Habibullah, 32, Neyamat Ullah, 43, Saiful Islam, 19, Md Hossain, 22, and Rakib Hasnat Niloy, 28.

The RAB also recovered leaflets, and jihadi books from their possessions during the drive, said the RAB commander.

All the arrestees are active members of Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharkia, formed by banned militant groups Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Ansar Al Islam and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), Moin said.

The newly-recruited members of the militant group are being trained in many hilly areas of Chattogram, according to the RAB official.