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Indian Police Arrest Six Militants Planning Terror Attacks in Southern States

Sputnik News

17:59 26.09.2016

India's police arrested on Monday six members of radical Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) planning terror acts in the country during a special anti-terrorist operation in the states of Assam and West Bengal, Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police Vishal Garg said.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Three of the detainees were Bangladeshi nationals, while four of the detainees were the suspects of Bardhaman blast case, in which an explosion at a house in the Khagragarh area of Bardhaman (Burdwan) occurred in 2014, Garg specified.

"These people were not in West Bengal after Khagragarh blast. They had left the state and moved to South India and North Eastern states. They were planning subversive activities in some South Indian states. We are trying to find out the details," Garg was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

According to the news agency, two of the suspected criminals were leaders of JBM units in Bangladesh and in the north-east of India.

JBM is a Bangladesh-based radical Islamist group, which also operates in the north-east of India. It was organized in 1998 in Palampur by Shaikh Abdur Rahman. On August 17, 2005, JBM exploded about 500 bombs at nearly 300 locations across the country within a campaign to establish a Sharia law. In 2005, the radical group was officially banned, six of its leaders, including Rahman were arrested.


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