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'Robber met JMB men in jail, became leader of new militant group'

January 25, 2023 00:00:00

Arrested council (Shura) member and head of the armed wing of a new militant group, Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya, met JMB militants while in jail on robbery charges and became a top leader of the new group after he was released.

Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director of RAB's legal and media wing, revealed the information while briefing the media on Tuesday over the arrest of two members of the new militant group on Monday from a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, reports UNB.

He said RAB interrogated Masukur Rahman alias Ronobir alias Masud and Bashar after arresting them on Monday and got some important tip-offs.

Ronobir's associate, Bashar, is a bomb-making expert.

Ronobir used to work at a post office. He also led an armed robbery gang and got arrested.

"During his time in prison, he met the leaders and activists of JMB and decided to join forces with them," said the RAB officer.

He continued to visit JMB members in jail after his release. He had contact with their families too, he added.

In 2017, he met Rakib, a Shura member and later head of Jamatul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya's finance and media wing, and became a founding member.

Members of RAB on Monday arrested Ronobir and Bashar after a gunfight at Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox's Bazar.

RAB arrested the duo along with arms and explosives from a den in the camp following the gunfight.

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