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Bangladeshi Forces Capture Fugitive Militant


Bangladeshi police say they have captured the leader of an outlawed militant group accused of bomb attacks that have killed more than 30 people.

A security force official said on Monday that Siddiqul Islam, also known as Bangla Bhai, was captured in a house in Mymensingh district.

He detonated an explosive inside the house, injuring himself, before surrendering after a drawn-out gun battle with security forces.

Siddiqul Islam is the leader of the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh group.

The J.M.J.B. and the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahedin militant organization have carried out deadly bomb attacks across the country in a campaign to impose strict Islamic Sharia law in the mainly Muslim democracy. Bangladesh is governed by secular laws.

Siddiqul Islam's detention came five days after another top fugitive Islamist, Shayek Abdur Rahman, was captured in the northeastern town of Sylhet.

Zahurul Alam has more on the story.

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