Police in Bangladesh have arrested 22 suspected militants, nearly all of them women, in southern Barisal district.
Police took 21 women and one man into custody while they held a meeting in a residence at 4 a.m. local time Thursday. Police say the suspects are being questioned and have denied any involvement in militant activities, saying they were gathered to discuss Islamic books.
Police say they had been monitoring the group's movements for awhile and finally decided to arrest them. Security in Barisal was tightened after staff members of three international aid organizations -- the United Nations Children's Fund, the UN World Food Program and the Red Cross received death threats earlier this week. The letters were signed by the banned Islamic extremist group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.