Suspected militant Abdus Samad, ‘second-in- command’ of the neo-JMB group led by Tamim Chowdhury has been arrested.
Samad was arrested alongside two other suspects — his father-in-law Ziadul Islam and Md Azizul Islam aka Mehedi Hasan aka Shishir — during a raid in Dhaka’s Mohakhali on Wednesday evening.
Counterterrorism chief Monirul Islam, at a press conference on Thursday, said Samad, who hails from Dinajpur, sat for his Hadis exams in 2002 and Fazil exams in 2011. He joined JMB in 2010.
An initial interrogation found that Samad formed a group named ‘Zunad Al Tawheed al Khilafai’ with Tamim Chowdhury in 2014. Tamim was the chief of the organisation, while Samad was his ‘second-in-command’.
According to Monirul, Samad was skilled in several militant activities, including making explosives.
He recruited new operatives for the organisation, raised funds and even made important decisions.
The Counterterrorism Chief further added that Samad trained new members to handle weapons and use grenades. He eventually climbed the ranks after various other top-level neo-JMB leaders were arrested or killed.