Dubai expatriate plants seed of attack on Ctg cops

Police have found complicity of a Dubai expatriate youth in plotting and financing a bomb attack on a traffic police box in Chattogram six months ago.

In a confessional statement to the court, one of the four suspects arrested over the incident disclosed the involvement of expatriate.

Bdnews24 published a news quoting Counter Terrorism Unit of Chattogram Metropolitan Police on Friday.
The youth has been identified as ‘Shajahan’, a 30-year old native of Chattogram’s Lohagara Upazila, according to police.

The explosion carried out by the militants at the port city’s Sholoshahar area injured two policemen, a child and two passers on February 28.

The Middle-East-based Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, a US-based intelligence group said in a tweet the next day.

The Counter Terrorism unit of police is investigating the case filed with Panchlaish Police Station under the Explosives Act, 1884.

Four arrestees are: Neo-JMB members Md Shahed, 20, ‘Saifullah’, 24, ‘Emran’, 25, and Abu Saleh, 25. Of them, Emran is a marketing student of Chattogram University.

Shahed, who was arrested in Cox’s Bazar’s Chakaria Upazila on July 27, revealed the information about Shahjahan who also had inspired the carpenter to be radicalised by Islamic extremism, police said.
“Shajahan used to help them financially. Police are trying to gather more information about him though he is living abroad now,” said CTTC Inspector Aftab Hossain, also investigation officer.

According to police, Shajahan has been living in Dubai over the last few years. He returned home after the death of his sister last year, formed an Islamist group and plotted the attack.

He left Bangladesh during the month of Ramadan last year and continued to communicate with the group via multiple apps.