Bangladesh has outlawed an extremist group known as Harkatul Jihad Al Islami, after arresting its leader in connection with the August bombings across the country. A home ministry statement says "Harkatul Jihad Al Islami" is a self-confessed terrorist outfit. The leader of the group --Mufti Abdul Hannan -- was arrested on October 1st from a residence in the Bangladesh capital,Dhaka. Mr. Hannan fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion during the 1980s. He is also being questioned about 400 small bombs which exploded across Bangladesh on August 17th.Police say they are also looking for "mujahedin" who fought in Afghanistan with Mr. Hannan. Afghan war veterans form the leading ranks of the banned group and are suspected of involvement in bomb explosions at three separate Bangladeshi courts on October 3rd. Mufti Hannan is also an accused person for a plot to assassinate the former Prime Minister.