Officials in Bangladesh say the country's elite security forces have arrested a top leader of an outlawed Islamist group and seized a huge stash of explosives.
Officials say the Rapid Action Battalion raided a hideout of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen in Dhaka Sunday, following an intelligence tip. Authorities say the leader caught in the raid is known as "Hanif." They say he and his comrades were planning an operation, but did not elaborate.
The group is blamed for hundreds of bombings that killed at least 28 people across the country in 2005. The bombings led to the arrest of hundreds of people linked to the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and an allied group, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh. Several of the militants' top commanders were hanged in 2007. The groups want Bangladesh to become an Islamic state.
Our Dhaka Stringer Zahurul Alam has a detailed report on this.